Monday Moments – December 14, 2020

December 13, 2020

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

One of the side effects of 2020 for me is insomnia. No matter how tired I feel as I crawl into bed, I lay awake for an hour or more (that seems like a lifetime or more) just hearing all the thoughts of:

         “Did I get everything done today?”

         “What do I have to do tomorrow?”

         “What do I need to worry now about that I haven’t worried about yet today?!!”

I know you are doing that too! 2020 has probably been a record sales year for *anything* that promises any relief from insomnia!

With that in mind, you will probably understand why I bought something called a “weighted blanket” for myself for Christmas. All the ads promised relief from insomnia because it feels like a “cocoon of warmth and gentle pressure” (that’s my ad for it :^) that lulls you to sleep sooner and helps you sleep deeper. For truth in advertising, I have to say that it does help a little. But the irony of using a *weight* to help me sleep in 2020 is not lost on me either!

2020 is also the year of heavy burdens! From COVID19 to elections to economic crashes to evictions and foreclosures, this year has been filled with burdens that we are all struggling to bear. Whether it is physically, emotionally or spiritually, I find myself feeling like I’m being knocked to my knees on an hourly basis! That’s when I remember this promise from Jesus. He will carry our burdens. He will give us rest. And for all we know, He might be using that same burden to help us feel warm and cocooned in His ever-present love for us! Perhaps the lesson of insomnia in 2020 is this: If I just hand all those thoughts and questions and BURDENS over to Jesus before I try to sleep, I’m willing to bet that my weighted blanket would work a heck of a lot better for me!

May Jesus the Christ lift your burdens this holiday season and hold you in His everlasting love!

Renee Windsor-White