Letting Go

When we are afraid of letting go of our burdens, we carry them on our backs. It gets heavy and begins to weigh you down and burden your physical, spiritual, and emotional being.

When I became an expat, I had such burdens on my shoulders. My physical and emotional burdens began to take a toll on my spirituality just as a yoke takes it’s toll on an ox. The yoke is attached to a piece of equipment the ox is to pull. My piece of equipment became excessively heavy.

I searched for consolation and found peace in Matthew 11:28-30.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

I became an expat to serve Jesus. The people around me daily and the local immigration agent might not understand my purpose, but He does. When I let go of the physical burdens of illness, of being misunderstood or mistreated, I started to enjoy the path that had been set for me to walk. I remind myself to be humble and gentle, as He has been with me, and my relationship with God has changed meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose, just as He said it would.

Now that Jesus has freed me from these burdens, I can truly divulge his grace. I thank Him for the children that I’m blessed to meet and the stories I am able to voice through Him. I take His yoke upon me.


Photo of the Mieraf Gebresellasie

About the Author:

Mieraf served as a Storyteller at CURE Ethiopia from 2015 to 2018. She was born in a refugee camp in Northern Sudan and grew up in the U.S. Having taken a few trips to Ethiopia, she recognized her calling to return to the land in which she belonged, to serve. Photography is her passion and she loves to show the voices of children through the images she captures. Mieraf enjoys hiking, learning with children, and exploring the uniqueness that is humanity. She loves listening, watching, hearing stories through people while traveling unbeaten paths, shopping at local markets, learning Amharic, and serving cake she’s baked to strangers wherever a cake is needed.

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