“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
I’ve been feeling tired. It has little to do with the pandemic, it started long before that. Ironically, when the new challenges were added on top of what was already on my plate, it actually made it easier to let go. When you are facing so many utterly impossible situations, you don’t have any illusion of control. When you KNOW there isn’t a single thing you can do to “fix” the many things weighing on your heart, the only real choice you have is how you respond. Will you let fear and anxiety add to the weight, or run into the arms of the One who leads us to rest?
It’s pretty easy to figure out which option Jesus is hoping we choose. His heart is always for us. His desire is that we live from a place of rest in Him.
This is what I hear Him saying:
Come to Me with your weariness and heavy burdens. Come to Me with your confusion and fear. Come to Me with your questions, frustrations, and even anger. I will never turn you away. I long to hold you, to encourage you, and to align your perspective with My own. I will never ask you to do anything I won’t personally empower and equip you to do. I will never ask you to be anyone other than exactly who I have created you to be. When you learn to move in harmony with My Spirit, you begin to flow in the “unforced rhythms of grace.” My desire is for you to live in My rest, peace, and hope—regardless of circumstances. Come to Me, beloved, lean into Me and learn from Me—moment by moment, step by step—and you will find rest for your soul.
Thank You, Jesus, for the true rest found only in Your presence!
I hear Him saying: What is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.