I have always enjoyed the term that we use in Chinese “Sam Si” (Heart Matter). When a person becomes a Christian and is seeking to be baptized, churches often have an interview with the new believer by asking him/her some “Sam Si” questions. The replies to the questions reveal the understanding of this person’s new found faith.
Recently, I have had some “Sam Si” challenges that have come from my extended family. The weight of these issues are not within my direct control and remain heavy as I feel somewhat useless to impact things while, at the same time, I must continue to function in my daily work and daily responsibilities. Is this not something that you too can relate to when you feel stretched in different directions that hold different needs and opportunities? How do you feel when you can see a problem/issue yet know that you cannot complete the task required to make things better? We all, at times, are pushed to continue moving forward with certain responsibilities while family matters or situations involving friends make us not feel we can continue on. We would really rather retreat to a place of rest and find a place where no stress or pressure would be coming in our direction. Yet, such a retreat to calmness seems beyond our grasp.
Brothers & Sisters, this is where our Scripture has value to us all. Matt.11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Physical struggles are obviously real for us but the emotional and spiritual stress points of life’s daily grind can overwhelm our desire to keep pushing forward. There may even be a desire to totally surrender our focus and efforts when we concentrate on our difficulties. When our family is involved, there are times when the situation takes us beyond the wisdom of our faith and into dark places. May God grant us the wisdom, spiritual hunger, and commitment to remember that God and his ways are matters of family in the same way that our blood relatives relate to us. My current “Sam Si” is heavy for me to carry alone and sometimes makes it hard to remain focused on church related activities that almost seem irrelevant in comparison to daily things. Thanks are to God that I know that I am never facing problems of any type alone.
牧師的话 : “家庭压力“