“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

You are facing a difficult time. Life isn’t going the way you think it should. You’re overwhelmed. Tired. Frustrated. Nothing you do seems to solve your problems. You spiral down into self-pity and despair. You are angry with God. That was what it was like when I was recovering from my brain injury. I felt like a lassoed bull at a rodeo: wild, thrashing, resisting the ropes.

Jesus was very specific in His instructions for when we are troubled. He wants us to go to Him and give Him our burdens. In exchange, He will give us rest. He doesn’t promise He will magically solve our problems, but He did promise rest. When we stop trying to solve everything with our own logic or understanding, and we let God take over, we calm down. We don’t have to fight against anyone, or anything, anymore.

You don’t have to be a learned Bible scholar, or an experienced meditator to receive the rest Jesus promised. You simply have to give your burdens over to Him. You can do that right now, as you read these words. “Dear Jesus, I am tired. I’ve been battling a long time with these difficulties. I can’t carry them any longer. I place then in your hands. I’ll let you carry them. Thank you.” Anytime you find yourself ruminating over your problems, stop and give them back to Jesus.