In my short lifetime, I have never once received an invite to any political struggle. Nor have I been radicalized nor have I become a slave to any “liberation” group or philosophy. I think I am too domestic for all of that. I have lived long enough to know that I should put more faith in God than any political movement or revolution. But, I still bumble when it comes to faith.
For the better part of my life, I have bumbled. Bumbling a little here; bumbling a little there. My bumbling has been for the most part harmless, requiring some do-overs and mild forgiveness from loved ones. Painstakingly, I tried to just keep to bumbling and adhere to more temperate habits and minor peccadillos. However, I have teared up a pea patch or two along the way.
There have been more than a few times during my life when I’ve done much more than just bumbling. During those times, my problem-solving skills have been akin to Godzilla descending on Tokyo (the first Godzilla movie). And it’s when looking over the aftermath of my destruction that I have frequently found help from the Matthew 11:28-30, a scripture Christ delivered when he was out preaching to the cities in the area of Galilee:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
And even though like most bumblers I am slow to penetrate life’s deeper mysteries, I’ve learned that the Lord takes a long-term view to problem-solving. These principles of divine problem-solving require one to hone in on the virtues of patience, kindness, long-suffering, gratitude, and thinking about consequences (what I like to think of as third-level thinking). Pretty much the opposite of every first instinct I have had in life.
This scripture has taught me, more than once, that I don’t have to destroy a Tokyo in order to solve my problems, deal with adversity, or find some peace.