We left on the 16th of September for a bit of a break. It was time to get away from the craziness and sadness that seems to be enveloping our lives over the past few months. The plan was to take the kids and be involved in a kids camp for a few days with our team mates in Malawi and then escape for a couple of days for our wedding anniversary sans kids…
The night before we left, a fire some distance from our house turned into a serious fire and was heading towards both our house and the Falconers house! So at about 10pm at night, there we were running around the bush fighting a fire with our guards and some other ring in’s. Maybe this was a metaphor!
We had a great few days at the camp, making new friends and seeing the kids enjoy being at camp – it was here though that we got the news our friend Francisco had passed away in Mozambique. That news was pretty gut wrenching. Then to top it off Jack and Myself got a pretty good dose of gastro. With this development we had to cancel our plans to go away to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Instead we decamped to Mangochi in Malawi and hung out with the Downes’ for a few days and regrouped/recuperated with their fantastic company.
We wanted a break from the heaviness but instead it continued… the hits kept coming…In the midst of all the “stuff” thats been happening I’ve been wrestling with this from Matt 11:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
…Hmmm, its not where I’m at… yoke=easy… burden=light?? Everything at the moment seems hard and difficult. But it’s where I want to be. It’s hard and difficult because I’ve taken my own burden not his – but I don’t want it anymore, its too stressful and I’m not made for it.
I don’t think it means that everything is going to be peachy all of a sudden. The grief remains but the anxiety, worry and weight can be his. He can carry it. I choose the easy yoke and the light burden he has offered me!
I’ve been reflecting on that verse as well, but The Message translation…Matthew 11:28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
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Life is tough at times but it is amazing that we tend to grow the most through those times. Maybe because we depend more on the Lord! May he give you all the strength and courage you need for each step of the way!
Thank you for that message. That is a very interesting reading and somehow…… It works. This is day 3 for us in Wewak, PNG. Starting all over feeling kind of stupid and not of much use. Been there plenty of times. Good. Keeps us humble and looking unto Him. Praying for you…. In it all. Warmly, J&R
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