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Find Rest
By Victoria Osteen - Feb 09, 2010
The other day, I was moving a mirror in my house. I didn't realize it was going to be as heavy as it was. Joel wasn't around, and I couldn't wait for him; I had to get it done by myself. So I grabbed hold of this mirror, and I started to move it. I know exactly where I'm taking it and I'm almost there, but this mirror is so heavy. I don't know how much longer I can carry it. I thought, "I'm struggling so much. I can't believe it's this hard. I'm just pressing on. I know where I'm going, and I'm just pressing to get there." And something inside me said, "Well, why don't you just put it down for a minute and take a break." Well, there's a novel idea! So I set the mirror down, repositioned my hands, and took a big, deep breath and just adjusted myself. Very quickly, I started feeling a whole lot better. So I went to pick that mirror up again with my renewed strength, and I just kept heading to where I was going.

You know, I think that's kind of how we are as Christians. We hold so tightly to things that we begin to struggle in our faith and in the promises of God. We see where we're going, and we get so determined to get there that sometimes we do it in our own strength. I believe today God is saying to us, "Slow down. Be patient. Don't just run until you hit the wall. Listen, I'm right here to help you. Put down the heavy load for a minute. Take a deep breath, reposition your hands, and then you'll be renewed to go on with it."

Notice, I didn't let that mirror go. If I had, it would have come crashing down to the ground. But I did let go of the struggle. I took just a minute to reevaluate what was going on and how I was handling things. Maybe that's what you need to do today. Are you carrying a load in your own strength? Do you need to pause for a moment to reposition yourself? Why don't you ask the Holy Spirit to show you a better way? He wants to take that heavy burden and lighten your load. He wants to give you rest so you can be restored and move confidently to the place of victory.

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 (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV).
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