Life sure can be hard sometimes. There’s always something that we could spend our time worrying about, whether its finances, health issues, poor choices by those we love, relationship struggles, and on and on it goes. Let’s face it, the cup can always be half empty if we let it. At the same time, however, the half-empty cup is always half full.
A few days ago I was having a glass-half-empty moment, for about 3 hours, before my mind was able to reconsider how I was looking at everything. It turned out to be as simple as looking at my situation from the opposite perspective and all the heaviness began to give way to that nice peaceful easy feeling (you know like the Eagles started singing about back in the 70s). Actually, I’m talking more about the feeling that Jesus talked about thousands of years ago.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Jesus is the author of that peaceful easy feeling. He’s not just the glass is half full, He’s my cup is overflowing with goodness. My problem, and you all can probably relate, is that I have expectations of how things will go. When those expectations blow up in my face I can quickly drift towards the negative. When my expectations aren’t founded on Biblical realities, my perspective can easily be out of alignment with where God wants me to be. Far too many of our expectations are based on uncontrollable elements of life and therefore, we are clinically psychotic. We torture ourselves mentally, and by extension, physically and emotionally because we put so much stock into how things that are way beyond our control, will turn out. We either focus on what we want to have, don’t have, or may no longer have instead of holding on to what we can never lose – a loving God.
Jesus essentially says to us: “I call you only to do those things you were created to do, and you will find therefore that my yoke is easy. I put on you the burden of following me, but I have already paid the price so that when you fail you will be forgiven. I’ve taken off you the burdens that other people have. I’ve removed the burden of earning your own salvation through your striving and effort. I’ve removed the burden of guilt or shame for past failures. I’ve taken off the burden of having to prove yourself worthy of love. I am therefore the only Lord and master who, if you find me, will satisfy you, and, if you fail me, will forgive you.”
Expcerpt from Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller