Scripture: II Cor. 3:5; Ps. 18:2, Matt. 11:18, 19
For a long time whenever I was going through a hard time and someone asked me how I was doing, I’d say, “I’m hanging in there!” Ever said that? I have since changed my response because it gives the impression I’m relying on myself to get me through. Now I say, “I’m leaning—leaning on Jesus.
The following are the words to the chorus of the song called “Learning to Lean” by John Stallings:
Learning to lean learning to lean;
I’m learning to lean on Jesus;
Finding more power
Than I’d ever dreamed,
I’m learning to lean on Jesus.
When my husband’s (Autry’s) health began to decline, I started down a path only God knew where it was going to go. My daughter and I were with him as he took his last breath and was ushered into heaven. Thus, began my first bend in my path. I instantly became, not only a widow, but also the care-giver for his parents, my in-laws who we lived with. Autry was their only child and there was no one else to care for them. A sharp bend soon brought two surgeries for myself making things a little more complicated. As time passed, I came to the next bend as my father-in-law was diagnosed with 4th stage kidney cancer and it was pretty much 24/7 care for him on my part for those last several weeks, up to the last week of his life. After his home-going the next bend came into the picture. Within 3 months after he passed away my mother-in-law suffered a stroke and is presently at a rehab facility. Now there are many decisions to be made and uncertainties to deal with. If I could describe my life right now it would be this; I feel like I am in “limbo!” So what do I do—throw up my hands in despair, question God’s reasons? No, notice what the words from the chorus says: “Finding more power than I’d ever dreamed, I’m learning to lean on Jesus.” And that’s exactly what I’m doing.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
All of you have your own problems and trials you are going through even now. When we can admit “I can’t do this,” it’s good, because we CAN’T; but God CAN! Sometimes it takes a major illness, accident, trial or misfortune in our lives before we even THINK about leaning on Jesus. God wants us to know that He is our sufficiency.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything
as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.”
II Cor. 3:5
We have an awesome privilege as children of God to be able to call on our precious Lord for help—to be able to lean on Him in our time of need.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.
The second verse of the chorus above says:
There’s glorious victory each day now for me
As I dwell in His peace so serene;
He helps me with each task, if only I ask—
Ev’ry day now I am
Learning to lean.
May I encourage each of you as you are journeying down your paths of life to “lean on Jesus.”
Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you; and learn of me (lean on Me); for I am meek and lowly in heart;
and you shall find rest for your souls.
Matt. 11:18, 19 (emphasis added!)
Leaning is so much better than hanging!