I was just talking to a friend on facebook on a post she wrote about how she realized she’s been a selfish wife, mother and step-mother, but how glad and free is feels now that she has acknowledged this. I told her:
“Unloading our burdens, even if they’re ones we created ourselves is what He’s here for”
Immediately, I remembered a few years ago, well more than a few more like 10 years ago, when I was sitting at home and watching a documentary called New York Doll, about former rocker Arthur Kane, and how he became a Mormon. I remember one of the last scenes of the film, which is a cut to of a scripture that said
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
I sat there and cried. I’m not sure if I cried because just a few months before I had found out about a heart condition I had, that would make it very tough, not quite impossible, but would make me need to take precautions if I ever wanted to become pregnant and carry a child of my own. All I know is that I felt a sudden overwhelming urge to give every burden I was carrying at that time to the Lord and ask him to release me from them. I hurt and I ached for the loss of kids I didn’t even have yet, and at the same time felt a sweet relief when I cried out, because I felt in that moment that he truly understood this pain that no one knew.
Anyway, I don’t even know why I shared that, or how it fits in with what I initially started talking about, but I do know the sweet relief that comes when we give our burdens over to the Lord, even if they are burdens we created ourselves, due to mistakes, sin, bad judgement or the like. He will take our burdens and carry them for us.
The rest of that scripture and the promise it contains is my sweet relief.
28 ¶Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.