Life can often get so busy and the ‘to do’ list is never ending. I often find myself saying there aren’t enough hours in the day! It’s no secret that being a full time mum can be sheer exhausting at times!

Our schedules can become so occupied that we can begin to feel pressed for time. Maybe you’re working a nine to five job, sending emails or answering calls all day, it may be that you have errands that have taken up your entire time. The list goes on and on, there is always something to do!

Ultimately, our time with the Lord becomes compromised, Jesus no longer is our priority. We become tired and restless as the issues of life begin to harden our hearts. The simple truth is that we have neglected the Lord and have placed other less valuable things above Him. The very reason Jesus came into this world was to wash and cleanse us from our sins and through that He would reconcile us to Himself and give us a relationship so that we may know Him intimately and personally.

The Continual Invitation

Throughout the scriptures we see the Lord’s continued desire to be with us. He is longing for our love and our yes to Him. The King Himself calls us into His chambers, from the youngest to the oldest He wants us all. It doesn’t matter how old you are, in fact Jesus is calling us all to be like children. In Mathew 18:3 Jesus addresses the disciples saying “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. Again we read in Mathew 19 that the disciples rebuked children from coming to Him but His response was contrary, He said “let the children come to me”.I believe it is the desire of Jesus to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh no matter what the age. He is simply looking for those that are dependent upon Him, just like children, those that are wholly His and those that love Him.

The Lord recently spoke to me about the condition of my heart and how dependant I had become on myself. There was a point in my journey where I felt hurt by people and so I began putting up walls and convinced myself I must live with boundaries as a way of protecting myself. Little did I know this began to change the way I saw everything and everyone. My heart had become hard and this changed my temperament and love towards those around me. I knew I had to surrender those things to Jesus but there was a struggle within me that was finding it hard to do so. Eventually I yielded and the Lord spoke to me and said “your soft and tender heart was the very thing I loved about you”, becoming vulnerable is never a weak thing. I began to cry and felt the Lord break into my heart with His love. In that moment I realised I needed Him more than I knew, how far I was from Him and how I wish I yielded sooner. He reminded me that He is my defender and protector. Oh how easy is it to become the god of your own life when you don’t give all to Him!

If you have felt pressed this season you may ask the question, what do I do? or how do I make things right again? The answer is simple, come to Him, just as you are, turn your eyes from looking at worthless things and fix your eyes on Jesus. “Whoever comes to me I will not cast out”,that’s what Jesus says in John 6:37. Isn’t He so beautiful? He does not reject us, no matter how far we have gone, He personally invites us to come to Him and offers us Himself.

I want to encourage you, in every season and situation of life, Jesus has called you to Himself. If you are weary and heavy laden Jesus promises us rest as we ‘come to Him’.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28).

If you hunger and thirst for the Lord and desire Him, the same invitation awaits you, ‘come to Him’ .

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink”. (John 7:37)

The Lord Himself has given us an invitation and He is the answer to everything. He is rest to the weary soul, drink to the thirsty, food to the hungry. Be encouraged, the Lord is near, all you need is to come and drink from the rivers of His delights.

Noreen Harris | Kingdom Encounter