‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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
By Michael Wailes
In my previous career, I worked in a traditional workspace where everyone had their own office.
One day, I called my “next-door” neighbor/officemate — let’s call him Gary — and asked him to come over to my office to take a look at something. It wasn’t too long thereafter and I heard a loud BANG, the windows rattled and all the pictures on the wall jumped as they clung to their small tacks for dear life.
BANG! The sound reverberated again.
And again. BANG!
It was definitely coming from Gary’s office.
I got up from my desk and approached the doorway, cautiously poking my head through it just in time to see Gary, take a few steps back from the wall, lower his head, and then charge the wall, head first, like some sort of man-goat. BANG! A small shower of dust falling from the ceiling tiles and light fixtures overhead.
Dazed, but undeterred, he took a few steps back and readied himself for another attack against the defenseless but nonetheless, steadfast wall.
Just before his charge, I stepped forward, arms waving, and asked, “What are YOU doing?!?!”
He looked at me like I was the crazy one and said, “You called me, I’m just trying to get over to you, but this danged wall is in the way.”
“There’s a better way,” I exclaimed, astonished with what I had just seen and heard.
Gary looked at me quizzically, his brow wrinkled in doubt.
“Look, it’s called a door,” I said, stepping through the open doorway and back — giving a little wave from the other side, “Come on through.”
“No,” said Gary with a skeptical snort, “That’s the easy way. I just need to put my head down and charge on through.”
Sometimes our walk of faith can seem like we are banging our heads against the wall. We are driven and compelled to show God that we are worthy by our own strength and our own efforts.
Determined as he might have been, Gary never made it through the wall; not until he used the doorway.
If you feel like you’ve been banging your head against the wall or you frequently have trouble finding the open doorways in your walk, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.” (Mt 11:28–30 NASB).
Struggle is as much a part of faith as breathing is to life. But Jesus’ invitation reminds us to keep a few things in mind.
One, sometimes struggle is God’s way of showing us that there may be a better way.
Two, we always have a partner in Him to help bear the load.
And three, if we accept His invitation and help, there is refuge and rest.
What is it that you are attempting to carry on your own that is grinding you down? What wall are you trying to break through? Can you see the doorway that Jesus is inviting you to walk through?
Lift your chin, open your eyes, and seek Him out today. There is no reason to keep banging your head.