One thing we do not often discuss when it comes to depression is its effects on the body. You see, these “feelings” of heaviness in the brain can produce physical exhaustion and even acute areas of pain in the body. Going through the day can become difficult when you feel like you’re carrying a basket of bricks in your head, chest, or stomach. Repeating this cycle over and over again, even for a short period of time, can wear down even the most resilient spirit.
Thankfully, Jesus addresses this reality. He sees you. You, who are beaten down from your own inner emotional and mental life and outer circumstances. He sees you and has something profound to say: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
Jesus does not say, “come to me all who have pieced themselves together and have the strength to go on.” No, this invitation is for the weary and burdened. This invitation comes from a God who is gentle towards you, humble in spirit, and desiring to exchange your proverbial bricks for a bed of rest and recovery. “Take my yoke,” He says, acknowledging that on this side of eternity, there will be loads, but Jesus’ load is far more life-giving.
Perhaps the “work” you need to do today is to write down your burdens in a note to Jesus and replace them with pieces of scripture that speak to your feelings and circumstances. For example, if my burden is believing “I am alone,” the truth I can exchange it with is Jesus when He tells those who follow Him, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
If you are experiencing thoughts of self-harm or harm to another, please reach out to the National Suicide Hotline for anonymous counsel and resources: 988. If you’d like to connect with a counselor or pray with a pastor at Calvary, please contact our confidential 24/7 Minister On-Call line: 818-991-8040.