You know the saying about getting something “off your chest”? I started to realize the other day where that comes from. I believe it’s rooted in the physical sensation people often have when they are carrying a great worry or burden. The chest area actually feels heavy and constricted – like there is a great weight sitting on it.
Sometimes when we get something off our chest we feel much better but the person we unload to feels much worse. They may end up carrying our burden (and some added guilt) which starts a cycle of needing to unload to the next person after that.
Yes, it is good to get things off your chest as long as you are doing it to the right person. There is one who is willing to take on our load no matter how heavy it is. I’m speaking of course of Jesus. He says: “‘Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.'” (Matthew 11:29)
A yoke is the wooden frame for a team of draft animals such as oxen designed to pull. The Lord is saying that if you pair up with him, he’ll bear the weight. Under his yoke, he’ll do all the pulling and you can just walk along. It’s a sweet deal!
What burden are you carrying right now? Is it so heavy it actually feels like a ton of bricks? Are you longing for rest for your soul? Go ahead and get it off your chest!