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Guide Dog Tales: Come Close

Come Close

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

Two of Iva’s many commands are “Come” and “Close”.” “Come is reserved for times when she is off-leash, and I need her to come to me. “Close” is usually used when she is on her leash, and I want to draw her close to my body in order to position her in a “Sit” and “Down” to tuck her out of the way. For instance, I use it while I sit on the bench at Walmart, waiting for my husband. I like to keep her from laying in the busy aisle.

One Sunday, at church, as I headed to the altar, I noticed Iva’s pace was much faster than normal. Normal for church that is. Then I realized why. My pastor was saying, “Come…come.” Iva thought Pastor Ray was calling her to come to him. But Pastor Ray’s invitation was an extension of the authoritative call to repentance from Jesus Christ found in the above verse.

Jesus welcomed all to come to Him, those who labored under sin’s burden. Those who were heavy laden under hundreds of Jewish manmade laws that had been added to the laws of God. Those who were weary from the burdens of life. “Come to Me,” said Jesus, “and I will give you rest.” Rest from sin’s power. Rest from sin’s penalty. Rest from our heavy load. Rest from the burdens of religious leaders.

Do you need His rest today? Most of us live overloaded schedules and find little time for rest. Why is that? Could it be that we haven’t heeded Jesus’ call to come to Him? Are you living a life under the reign of sin? Jesus says, “Come!” Go to Him with a repentant heart.

Maybe like the Jews in Jesus’ day, you have religion, but you don’t have the relationship. Many denominations, churches, and people are still depending on good works. Works won’t get you to heaven, but the rest Jesus offers will.

Perhaps, you have the right relationship with Christ, but the troubles of life weigh you down. Those are the moments when we need to come close. We need to get in the presence of our Father. We cannot burn the candle at both ends and expect the rest Jesus promised when we have little time for Him. Get in the presence of Jesus.

Do we rush to the Lord with heightened expectancy like Iva scurried to Pastor Ray? Do we linger in the presence of the Holy Spirit soaking in His anointing, His blessings, His grace, His peace, and His joy?

Sweet friend, we have to seek the presence Of Jesus if we long for His rest. He desires to help us carry the load, but we must be close enough for Him to do it.

Go to the Lord in prayer. He is calling you. Seek Him, and give Him all those burdens you have tried handling on your own. Give them to the one who cares for you.

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)

Copyright 2019 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

Throwback Thursday: A Prayer of Thanksgiving

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;   Phil. 4:6 (NKJV)

       

Every prayer should be one of thanksgiving. This verse is sandwiched between two verses that help us understand it better.

The reason that we should not be anxious, worried or fretful about anything is because “The Lord is at hand!” (phil. 4:5b). God is always with us. He has promised to never leave us. Rather than being anxious, we should pray, and we should pray with a thankful attitude.

We should thank God not only for what He is going to do, but we should thank Him for what He already is doing. He has saved us. He provides all our needs. He strengthens us when we are weak. should even thank Him for the trials that we are going through because they are for our growth as a Christian, and that brings glory to God. We can be thankful for God’s love and His mercy. We should be thankful for His sovereignty and His power.

It is easy during the Thanksgiving season to become more thankful, but we need to keep this attitude all throughout the year. We take too many things for granted, and we usually don’t think about it until they are gone. Instead of being thankful for what we have, we allow greed to take over, and we want more. Sometimes, God takes something from us in order to draw us closer to Him and away from this materialistic world.

There is a result to thankful prayer, and it is found in the following verse. The peace of God will guard your heart and mind. Peace is the opposite of anxiety. Wouldn’t it be better to face the trials of our lives in peace, knowing that God has a plan and He will work it out for His purpose and our good? Now that is really something to thank God for.

Dear heavenly Father,

Thank You for salvation and all Your mercies! You know what each of us is facing today, and we thank You for what You are going to do in each situation for we trust You. Thank You for the peace You give us as we sail through stormy waters. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Phil. 4:5-7. What are we supposed to pray about? Memorize verses 6-7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What anxieties can you take to God today? What could be hindering you from feeling peace? Remember to give God thanks. Trust in Him.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.