‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV)
— When I look toward the coming year I feel uneasiness. Perhaps it is because my best laid plans have gone to waste. Perhaps it is because I find myself embarking on a journey entirely different than the one I had so eagerly prepared for. But I earnestly desire to be faithful and trust God in this, so I have begun a new preparation. I want to cover all my bases, pack everything I might need and more for the coming journey. But amidst all this I still feel unsure, burdened, and weighed down. Perhaps the problem is I’ve over-packed. Maybe some of the things I want to bring with me are my own earthly comforts, my own securities. I’ve got a whole lot of stuff packed that isn’t from God and it’s heavier than I can manage.