Years ago I was cleaning out my garage while my kids were playing outside. My son, who must have been 6 or 7, was running around with his friends. As I sorted junk from the mess, he ran up and grabbed his bike. He was in an obvious hurry and I asked what the rush was about. He told me, “John down the street said he’d fix my bike!” John was a nice guy who lived down the street. His daughter and mine were about the same age and they played together almost every day. I was confused and asked what was wrong with the bike, because, I was the dad and I would fix it. We fix things. It’s our job. He told me to never mind and John would fix it. I’m standing there literally a foot away from my tool box and feeling the blood pressure rise. I’m dad. I want to fix things, especially for my kids. Especially when I’m right in the garage! But, off he went in a flash and I was left scratching my head.
Why would my son want to go to someone else’s house to get something fixed?
But I can ask a similar question about people and God.
Why would anyone go somewhere other than God to get something fixed?
But, we all do it. Every one of us will go to someone, something or some place other than God to get our stuff fixed. Some of this stuff is complicated and some is simple. Some of it involves our delicate heart and some of it is a big soup sandwich. We need help, but we don’t go to God. Why? Honestly, there can be a million reasons why and each of us has our own answer, so I can’t answer that without writing a book. But, here’s a passage giving specific instructions and a great reason why we should go to God with our problems:
“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”-Matthew 11:28, 29.
Jesus is asking for those who are weary and burdened. From stress, sickness, worry and anxiety. He also says, “I am gentle and humble in heart”. He’s not going to judge us. He’s not going to keep us at a distance. He desires to give us rest from all the things we’re running from.
I can’t think of anything, anyone or any place I can go to, 24/7, to get what he’s offering. For free. Did I mention 24/7?
Later that day, my son came back with his bike. “Did he fix it?” I asked.
“No, he said he was busy.” My chest swelled again. We went to the garage and worked on his bike together.