Dear exhausted, overwhelmed self: Take a deep breath. And another. Now stand. With every breath, open your heart a little more to Jesus’ presence again. Let yourself become aware of his peace. Aware of his love for you.
Take a step forward, refusing to let the negativity of others define your thinking or limit your heart. Take another, remembering this journey is far too important to surrender one inch of it to fear, bitterness, and self-pity.
Walk. No, you can’t control what’s ahead, but there’s only frustration, bitterness, and self-pity where you were. There’s no peace, joy, or answers back there, because the one with all those is up ahead a little, smiling and holding his hand out to you.
”Come to me, all you who are worn down and overburdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).