“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.”
I have been so stressed lately; so high strung; so concerned about productivity; so tired. So when God spoke these words from Matthew 11 to me today, I felt myself instantly relaxing in His arms.
The words “rest… rest… rest” kept replaying soothingly in my head. It was kind of like God was brushing my hair—so relaxing—does anyone else understand that? Maybe I’m just weird.
Anyway, as God kept brushing, I couldn’t help but think of the times that I work so hard all day. Those are the days I yearn to sit down, to take a break, to be done. Those are the nights that I finally decide to be done, to check that last thing off my list, and to collapse into my comfy, cozy bed…and I just lay there…not moving… just breathing…and I rest…rest…rest.
This rest, so delicious to our bodies, is the type of rest Jesus offers us for our souls. This rest is a taste of what Heaven will be like every day. I am not proposing that we won’t work hard in Heaven; I think we will, but our rest will be sweet and satisfying.
Our rest here on earth, today, can be sweet as well, if we will just allow Jesus to unburden us as we take His lead, share His yoke, and learn from Him. He is gentle and humble in heart. In Him we can find rest for our souls.
Keep brushing Lord Jesus. I’m resting.
My heart and flesh cry out. To You the living God. Your Spirit’s water to my soul. I’ve tasted and I’ve seen. Come once again to me. I will draw near to You.
(From the song ‘Better Is One Day’ by Kutless)