God at the centre of a weary mind
Hello to you, the reader.
I have not written a post for a while, as I have been involved in another writing project that took up a significant chunk of my time. So here I am back with a brief one, and it feels great!
I don’t know about you, but at times in my life I can suffer from a “weary mind”. In other words, when I am in a place where my mind is simply exhausted and yet it cannot rest. It feels like my mind is being bombarded with people and situations that are bringing me everything but peace!
Also, when I try to pray, it seems futile and the last person I seem to be able to focus on is Jesus. I can feel like an army of bandits have moved in and hijacked every corner of my mind, leaving it with no place to run. I feel trapped and isolated, hemmed in by my own stinking thinking and all I want to do is run as far away from myself as possible.
How many of you sometimes feel like this? If you do – well you are not on your own, as this has been the case for me recently, and it got me to the writing of this post.
All of us want that “peace of God that surpasses all understanding” as Paul writes in Philippians 4:7, but there will be times when we are without that peace. And lets face it, if we are to fully and genuinely appreciate that peace which Paul talks about, we must go through life without it before we will be able to truly experience it.
When our minds are weary, it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees. It can seem as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But what I am continuing to learn is that when I am weary with life, I must pray my way through it and press on, even if it is difficult to be positive and keep focus.
The battle is always for your mind, but we ourselves need not do the fighting. What I have learned in this winning struggle is that if I am dedicated and diligent in prayer, even if my mind is fighting against it with all it has, God will have His way. And believe me, I have seen the results.
Jesus told us, “my yoke is easy”in Matthew 11.30 and He meant it. Yoke yourself to Jesus, and let Him take the reins. Let His word be your medicine. Speak out those people and situations causing your weariness and strain and bless them.
As a Catholic, I love the Rosary and the Divine Mercy and I have seen the power of these prayers, especially when I found them hard to meditate upon. When Holy Scripture is used in our prayer life, it is sharper than a two-edged sword and will never return void. Hebrews 4.12 & Isaiah 55.11.
I want to encourage you today, especially if you can relate to the above challenge. You are not on your own when you feel that life is defeating you. All of this is part of our pilgrimage while here on this side of heaven and we have nothing to be afraid of, for this too shall pass.
Tomorrow is a new day. God will bring rest to your weary mind if you give Him access to it. The forces of darkness will always try to bring your mind into the gutter but we belong to a heavenly king who has chosen us to be bearers only of light. John 8.12.
Surrender all the struggle to Him by allowing Him to be with you in it. It can be hard but not impossible if you persevere in faith.
Pray and He will see you through.
That’s a promise!
© Carol J. Kelso