Yielding To Christianity

Patricia Hofer


Continuum of consciousness explored in Living Strong.

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Christ carries the heavy loads.

When we learn that something isn’t going to be our responsibility or isn’t going to be as bad as we thought it might be, we say, “That relieves my mind.” But our mind doesn’t stay relieved very long, at least mine never has. That’s because we humans are born with the constant drive to control and manage things—our health, our friends and family, our money and career, and even our society and government. So our consciousness is a busy place!

Where we get into trouble, though, is when we try to manage, or think we can manage, our relationship with God. I did that. My denominational believing had encouraged me to rely on my own thinking—to control my life by controlling my thoughts. And so, the more difficult things got, the more stubborn and self-reliant I became. I finally had to learn that God wasn’t going to give me the job just because I relentlessly asked Him to. And God wasn’t going to change others for my purposes, no matter how much I studied and prayed about it. Eventually, after years of stubborn willfulness, I surrendered.

As Jesus says, “you must accept the kingdom of God as if you were a child” (NCV Luke 18:17). Small children know that there are many things beyond their control. But that’s not true for adults. The more control we think we have, the more stubborn and egotistical we become. We can be knocked down, wobbling there on all fours, but still refusing to let go—still giving God advice.

What I now know is that the Lord is waiting in each of those willful moments of struggle, saying, “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (NCV Matt. 11:28). Oh, the wonder and relief of yielding, of childlikeness!

Please, Lord, Relieve my mind from managing The tasks I must or would do. Turn stubborn will into yielding To wonder that comes from you. (Living Calm 2016)

Christ frees our weary soul

As much as we might start out with the idea that our parents know what we’re thinking, we soon learn that they really don’t. And it also isn’t long before we realize that who we really are inside and what we really think is unknowable to others as well. That realization is an exhilarating thing—at first.

But eventually, this inner person starts developing and carrying inflexible biases and longstanding fears. Our soul becomes a hiding place for haunting regrets and favorite grudges and stubborn doubts. At least, those were the burdens that were wearing me down at a pivotal time in my life. I needed to own up to my failed marriage. Poverty and ill health made my pride and pretension truly silly. And the religious believing that I’d trusted all my life was failing me. Everything that I’d wrapped tightly around me as “me” was lost. Or at least I thought it was.

What I learned, though, is that our “living soul,” the consciousness that God inspired, isn’t meant to be a static, rigid place. This eternal, hidden part of our individuality needs, instead, to be more like a living underground cavern, something that contains the flowing water of regeneration and change. And I think that is what Jesus was telling the Samaritan woman when he offered her the “living water” that “bubbles up into eternal life” (CEB John 4:10-14).

            The Lord is the only one who knows what we are really thinking, the burden our soul is carrying around. And Christ’s spirit of “living water” is always present there in our heart, always ready to cleanse, strengthen, and transform us. We just need to be thirsty enough, and lonely enough, to allow that to happen.

“Please, Lord, Free my weary soul from worry, Help me feel you by my side. Shelter me from stress and hurry, Loving Saviour, strength and guide.” (Living Calm, 2016)

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