Sunday, July 11, 2010


by Charles R. Swindoll

Matthew 11:27-30

Like potatoes in a pressure cooker, we twenty-first-century creatures understand the meaning of stress. A week doesn't pass without a few skirmishes that beat up on our fragile frames. They may be as mild as making lunches for our kids before 7:30 in the morning (mild?) or as severe as a collision with another car . . . or another person. Makes no difference. The result is "trauma." You know, the bottom-line reason Valium remains the top seller.

The late Joe Bayly, insightful Christian writer and columnist, certainly understood trauma. He and his wife lost three of their children: one at eighteen days (after surgery); another at five years (leukemia); a third at eighteen years (sledding accident plus hemophilia). In my wildest imagination, I cannot fathom the depth of their loss. In the backwash of such deep trauma, Joe and his wife stood sometimes strong, sometimes weak, as they watched God place a period before the end of the sentence on three of their children's lives. And their anguish was not relieved when well-meaning people offered shallow, simple answers amidst their grief.

H. L. Mencken must have had such situations in mind when he wrote: "There's always an easy solution to every human problem---neat, plausible, and wrong."

Eyes that read these words might very well be near tears. You are trying to cope without hope, and there's no relief on the horizon. You're bleeding and you've run out of bandages. You have moved from mild tension to advanced trauma.

Listen carefully! Jesus Christ opens the gate, gently looks at you, and says: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are . . . overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls]" (Matt. 11:28, Amplified).

Nothing complicated. No big fanfare, no trip to Mecca, no hypnotic trance, no fee, no special password. Just come. Meaning? Unload. Unhook the pack and drop it in His lap . . . now. Does He know what trauma is all about? Remember, He's the One whose sweat became like drops of blood in the agony of Gethsemane. If anybody understands trauma, He does. Completely.

He's a Master at turning devastation into restoration. His provision is profound, attainable, and right.

Allow Him to take your stress as you take His rest.


Mari said...

I love Chuck Swindoll. I can't imagine what that family went through, losing 3 children. What a testimony!

Annesphamily said...

I love Chuck Swindoll! I also love his sister Lucy! They can spread the word so beautifully but they can make you laugh like mad! I love this post thanks for sharing Kat. Hugs Anne

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Much needed today! I also enjoy hearing and reading Chuck Swindoll and his sis, Lucy.

techranger said...

I am now reading, along with several other books, "Jesus" by Charles Swindoll... one of his Great Lives Series. Last year I read "David" from the same series. Two other books by Swindoll sit on my "to read" shelf. I enjoy his easy, sometimes humorous, and always insightful books. Thanks for sharing in your post here. :)


Just Be Real said...

Wow, I remember reading him sharing about this. Precious man and his sister Lucy as well. She I met just last year. Thank you for sharing Kat. Blessings.

Denise said...

Amen, I love this.

Goose Hill Farm said...

Hi, Kat~

I love Chuck Swindol! He did a Bible Study that my Sunday School class did a long time ago. I LOVED IT!

Thank you for sharing this, my friend!


Lou said...

Wow... what a testimony. Thanks for posting this.

Love and blessings!-- Lou