28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and blessed quiet) for your souls.
30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
Recently I was exhausted from a long day of going, going, going, because I had activities planned all day long, when I was supposed to be taking the day off. I was home for an hour or so and at one point my husband saw I was exhausted. He told me to come over to his giant comfy chair, wrapped me in his arms, and cuddled me in a blanket, saying “It’s ok, just rest. Come sit with me and rest.”
Although this sweet experience was just what I needed and showed me a picture of the verse above in Matthew 11, unfortunately, Jesus’ and my husband’s words didn’t sink in as deeply as they should have. Probably because I didn’t believe him fully. When Jesus says, “Come to Me and rest,” sometimes I honestly don’t believe Him. Really? If I rest, all my work will get done magically and the world won’t explode?
The Lord has taken me on a journey into rest through Matthew 11, and He’s been showing me what it really means. He’s saying that HE is the One who created the universe, and it doesn’t need our contribution in order to keep it spinning. His sustaining power is essential to all life, but mine isn’t. We might all agree with this truth at some level, but do we really live by it? Or do you run around, working as much as you can, as if your world would fall apart if you stopped for one moment? I know I do. Continue reading “Journey into Rest”