Patricia Hofer

God relieves our mind from managing–in God is rest.

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. (©️ 2016)

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. … 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. … Jesus says, “you must accept the kingdom of God as if you were a child” (NCV Luke 18:17). … 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! (Living Calm, chapter 59)

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