Jesus said, “All you that are weary, tired, and burdened come to me and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11: 28 (Paraphrase)

Lately, it seems that everywhere I look the people around me are struggling. It is almost like they are swimming in a dark whirlpool where they are stuck, endlessly spinning around and around. They seem weary, tired, anxious, and depressed. Many have turned to alcohol or drugs, which adds to the vicious cycle.  Others buy more things or seek new relationships trying to fill the void in their souls. Often, we hear of a suicide where the person just gave up.

It hurts my heart and I cry out, “What is going on here? Can they not see the light? Don’t they know there is a better way?” And sadly, I know that many do know there is something better, yet they chose not to accept it because “it is old-fashioned”, “none of my friends do that”, “it wouldn’t work anyway”, or “I am not good enough for that”. Let me talk personally with you for a moment.

Someone is offering you peace. Someone is offering to be there with you no matter what. He can comfort you when you are sad and stand by you in loneliness. He knows all about that awful empty void that makes you run around trying anything, anything that would just fill it up and make you feel whole and make the hurting stop.

You have tried it all. You tried to drown it in the alcohol. It is still there. You try new relationships, hoping they make you fulfilled. Nope, still empty. What about stuff? Surely, buying more and more stuff will be the answer. Still nothing. It is never enough. Maybe if you smoke a little weed, get a little high? That did not do anything either. You still cannot sleep, are still afraid of what will happen when you die, and are still so unhappy with who you are as a person. Does anyone even care?

Yes, someone cares. As you reach out, you will probably find many people that care. But, most importantly Jesus cares. He is really there ready to offer you peace, rest, and fulfillment in life. I know you are standing there looking at Christians saying, “They are delusional because they never went through what I am going through so they cannot know.” Oh, but you see, Christians are humans. At some point in their life, they were just as lost and afraid as you are. They were looking for something too.

Peace, joy, and inner fulfillment are not something a person is born with. It is something that comes with accepting Christ as your Savior and coming to him with all the problems that life brings. He says He will be there for you and with you. He will never leave us or forsake us. That is what it means to be a Christian. It does not mean that life is always perfect or that we float through life pretending that everything is great and nothing bad ever happens.

It means that Jesus is there with you always. It means when you get bad news, He gives you the strength to bear it. When you lose someone close to you, He gives you comfort. When you feel less-than, unloved, or lonely, He is there to love and uplift your spirit. He offers peace when the world gets terrifying. He offers love when the world gets harsh. He offers strength when the world gets overwhelming.

Oh, why would you keep running around looking for something to make you whole when what you need is right there, just waiting for you? All you have to do is ask. It is that simple. Jesus said so. “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” You do not need to be some perfect, ultra-spiritual person. It is okay to just be a sinner in search of a little bit of grace from a God who really loves you.