The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, but for many different reasons, they can also be exhausting. For me, I can be exhausted because of the business that leads up to Christmas with school and church concerts and programs. I know for some, family can bring on added stress and anxiety. Whatever the reason may be, our focus gets lost on why we celebrate Christmas and we bear our stress and business burdens with us wherever we are during the season.
The irony of all the burdens we bear at Christmas is that we are celebrating the very person who came to take away our burdens. Please look at Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Jesus has a much better way than what we have, yet we cling needlessly to our burdens as if we know what is best. Reading on in this passage, we see that Jesus tells us to take His yoke on us and let Him lead us. A yoke is what they put on two oxen to do the work that was desired from them. Jesus tells us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. We do not need to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders because that is God's job, our job is to follow Christ's leading and allow Him to take our burdens.
Are you trusting that Christ can carry your burdens and following His lead?