I remember speaking with my mentor Ms. Jonell about a year ago about all the things that were transpiring in my life. Our conversation was more like a vent session where I thoroughly explained to her how my life was falling apart! I felt like I was in way too deep, overwhelmed by the things that had once brought me joy and I’d found myself slipping into a dark place. I explained to her that at that point in my life I was missing opportunities and letting life pass me by because I just couldn’t bring myself out of my mess.
Ever been to a place in life where you feel like you’re falling apart? To do list longer than your forearm and you have no idea where to start? Relationship rocky so you’re stressed? Low on money so you’re worried about the next check? Nothing in life seems to be going right! Looking for the end of the tunnel, but can’t seem to find the light?
That was me! Feeling the weight! The baggage! Bearing the load all by myself! I felt like I was letting others down! Like because I wasn’t living my purpose that the people who needed me were also waiting on me! I’d become the property of my problems! Poor Ms. Jonell (LOL) having to listen to all that mess!
And then she simply said to me, “They’re waiting on you, but you are too weighted! You’ve got to get rid of that weight!” I paused and let those words sink in…
There had always been a certain peace about Ms. J! That same peace that she has even when I have conversations with her a year later… Always a calm, sound mind! In that moment I remember wanting that very thing! That certainty, that faith! I wanted to be serene in the assurance that things would work out! I wanted to release my weight!
The bible speaks in Romans about the works of all things of those who love and are given purpose by God. Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (KJV) Earlier in Matthew 11:28 it states, ” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (KJV) Meaning give him all your weight and he will give you peace!
It is key to understand that we as humans cannot always fix our own problems. We cannot successfully expect to do anything without faith. The feeling that I’d felt was one of someone who had steered away from my faith. Instead of trusting God to give me the strength to overcome, I’d battled with myself trying to figure things out on my own. My weight made not only others wait on me, but also me on myself. The peace that I mentioned Ms. Jonell having, and yearned for personally, was one of a person that understands both scriptures. The verse in Romans allows us to have peace during adversity because we understand that everything we go through both positive and negative will work together for our good! Furthermore, the verse in Matthew gives us a relief that we are never alone and always have the presence of the Lord to cast our load onto. Wow! The presence of God in our lives is an amazing thing and it is when we learn to accept and appreciate him that he will put people in our lives, like Ms. Jonell, to bring the thing full circle!
What are you weighted with today? People will continue to wait on you, your life will continue to feel like it’s at a halt, and you won’t see the light at the end of the tunnel if you don’t cast your cares upon the one above who is strong enough to handle them and guide you to a place of peace… THE LORD! A wise man said God never gives us more than we can bear, but they had to finish it by saying that if it becomes too hard for us to bear that he’ll give us a way to escape! (That’s in the bible too!:))
Be free of the weight today!
By: Verinique D. Bailey “The V. in Virtue”
P.S. I’M BACKKKKKK!!!:)