DAY 2: THE SHOULDERS
For the few weeks that we have stayed home with our little one, I have come to enjoy watching Peppa Pig. I could watch it a full day without feeling as if it’s too monotonous for me. It has become one of my favorite cartoons.
Am actually fascinated by it because of one character, Peppa pig. She gives me such a good laugh. Her reasoning is childish but way too witty for her age.
In one of the episodes, George her brother, wanted her to shoulder the burden of carrying “his stuff” as they were going for a vacation, and she was not ready for such a task. Her answer was direct and candid, “George, I don’t carry anyone’s stuff, including mine, just give it to daddy!” she said.
Considering what was to be carried, it was too hilarious! It was a just simple pen, but she could not bear taking on even a little weight, so insignificant that it could barely change her own body weight.
How freeing it was for her to live that way. A life where she knows that as long as Daddy Pig is there, she needs not bear any weight but her own!
See, the world has so many burdens. The world cares less if one is 2 years old, or 100 years old, it will lay upon us its cares. Young or old, rich or poor, vigilant or reckless, witty or lack of it thereof.
We will live through every day turmoil and we have to toil our way through it all. The problem is that, many of us struggle to bear it all alone. We shoulder everything and everyone else’s problems. We think we can solve it all, and should solve it all especially for our children.
But God doesn’t want us to live so. He knows that the world’s weight would break our backs and that is why He declares in His word in Matthew 11:29 – Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.
Of course, our children will follow what we do. How we live models how they will live in their years to come. If I live with a fretting soul, then most definitely it will set the mood around me and consequently ooze out to my children.
The Lord calls us to something different. He calls us to take upon His yoke and learn from Him.
He doesn’t expect perfection from us, He expects progression.
That said, we shouldn’t expect the same from our children. Taking upon the yoke of Christ is an ongoing work of redemption of our souls.
The difference between a burden and a yoke, is that a yoke is tool of work, that eases what we do, hence progression. The burden on the other hand, slows or pace down without any results to show of our long walk, hence regression.
That is what we need to understand and pass it on to our children. We need to teach them that there is a direct link between the ultimate surrender to the Lord and the rest we receive.
That rest is what we should pray and model for our children. Teach them to take their cares unto the Lord. Teach them that the Lord, is the Lord who not only leads us in His green pastures, but leads us in His quiet waters – Psalm 23:1-3. His pasture moments, are moments of rest and being rejuvenated from the everyday cares.
This is achieved not easy as we would want, but it only happens when we draw nigh under the shadow of the almighty. A shadow can only cover one who walks intimately with its provider.
God calls all of us to slow down our break necking speeds and simply abide. Put aside some quite time and pray. Let Him take up your burdens and give you the peace that you deserve. Peace, doesn’t mean that the trouble will never surround you, but that they will not have you.
Teach your children that amazing trade off from Christ, and you too will experience a deep sense of satisfaction that only Christ can give.
Take some time, and sit down as a family. Teach your child/children to not only pray our Lord’s prayer, or the Grace, but simply talk to God as she/he would talk to you. Teach them to tell God about their day and the favorite toy they want. Teach them to pray for their toys too –if they have names, tach them to mention them to God. It will help them learn how to make specific requests to God.
I thank you for this day once again. I bring myself at your throne of mercy interceding on behalf of my child/children. I know the cares of the world sometimes have me. The bills scare me, and I shake at the thought of “will have enough for them.”
Lord I sometimes forget how powerful your name is, that you formed things out of nothing.
Your words created it all, and called forth light out of darkness.
Today Lord, I am at your feet, trading my cares for your peace. I want to model that for my children, that they will come to learn how to run to you when the world seems to drown them. Let them know how great and powerful your name is, yet so gentle to comfort them.
I pray that you will be their peace, Jehovah Shalom, the Lord of peace who will take upon their burdens as little as they may be, and give them your yoke that they will progress and not regress.
In Jesus name I pray,