Burdens

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Isaiah 40:28 (NIV)
28Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
28Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Reflect

  Everyone has problems. Whether it is big or small, it is a burden. 

  Whenever we have problems, we forget that we don’t have to deal with them on our own. I know that feeling where the issue is too devastating or just too huge that you don’t know what to do. Now that I am getting very close to being an actual teenager, the world (also known as “school” and “home”) seemed to overwhelm me with work and things that I couldn’t keep up with. This caused problems about homework, problems about what was going on at home, problems about friends, and even more problems. Problems, problems, problems!! It made me want to scream! 

  One of these issues was huge to me. My problem would probably not seem big to anyone else but me. Your problems might not seem big to me. It doesn’t matter the size. This obstacle was hard for me to overcome. It only lasted about a week, but I had a lot of trouble.

  Sometimes I cried about it thinking of how it has affected part of my life. That little section of my life was crumbling to pieces. I was falling behind on school work (which was really bad for me because I was the one who got mostly good grades) and my relationship with God was actually spreading farther apart. I wasn’t reading the Bible as much and praying to God. I tried to talk to my parents about what was happening, but they just got mad at me.

  Right when I thought I was all out of options, I remembered what I needed to do. That night, I prayed to God. I prayed to God about everything. All I really did was ask Him if He could handle my problems. Then next day, I felt a sense of relief. I had talked to God and gotten the hard stuff over with. I worked my hardest to get everything back together. My grades went back up and everything seemed peaceful. God had taken care of me.

Respond

  Take some time in prayer asking God to take all of your problems away.

The author is a middle school student from California.

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