“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.” Matt 11:28-30.
It has been a crazy week…errr…month. Or maybe season? But especially crazy this past month.
Last night as I’m doing laundry I asked my 8 year old son to work on his memory verse. I wish I could say he did it with relish and enthusiasm. Whining would be a better word.
“Mom, what are these two words?”
“Weary and burdened.”
“What!?!” he questioned.
“Tired and stressed,” I answered.
Oh my. A description of me as of late. Maybe I should tune into this.
“Come to me.” Have I been coming to my Savior, spending time with Him? Not nearly enough. A perfunctory amount. Why is it the busier and more stressed I get, the more I rely on my own strength? Not the smartest idea.
“…and I will give you rest.” Ah rest, beautiful rest I am searching for.
“Take my yoke upon you.” What?!? A yoke? Another yoke? Don’t I have enough YOKES (think oxen. Yes, that is what I feel like some days). But read further.
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Really? A yoke that is easy and light? Wow.
“learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart” Ah yes, I can learn some gentleness and humbleness when I’m tired and stressed. I tend to be particularly “un”gentle. Especially with those I love.
“and you will find rest for your souls” A soul at rest. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? It IS wonderful.
And so my child led me to this verse. He also taught me how I tend to act when God tells me to come to Him. Whining. Complaining.
“Just come to me, My daughter. I will give you rest and peace. Take My yoke and give Me yours. Mine is not a burden. Let Me bathe your soul in peace.”