“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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 couldn’t have been more than seven years old when I first noticed these words inscribed across the altar at church. They seemed to jump out at me every Sunday as if teasing me to unwrap their meaning. As a child, I imagined that coming to God and taking His “easy” yoke meant that my life would be carefree and full of laughter and love. Indeed, it has been this but, not only this. Life tends to pulse with both joys and sorrows and unwrapping Truth happens in layers, doesn’t it?
We plumb for its richness as we trust and agree to come, even when can’t see where we are going.
As this year comes to a close I find myself weary and particularly grateful for Jesus’ invitation to “Come”. He knows that carrying heavy burdens weighs us down and bids us trade our wearisome loads for His yoke that is easy and light. To be yoked is to be bound to a burden that must then be dragged around, much like oxen tied to an iron plow. But, think of it!
To be bound to Jesus is to be tethered to God!
It is to agree to submit to and learn from the One who is gentle and humble in heart. At first glance, this passage appeals to our need of rest, but a second look reveals a layer of love that invites us to soul-shaping surrender!
The One who came… calls us to come!
Come to the One who came for you! Come rest in His love. Come learn from His humble heart. Come lean on Him every day and in everything! Let Him help you hold your life and unwrap the power of His Word for each day. He knows how to carry heavy loads and can help us find rest for our weary souls. I want to trade my yoke of worry for His yoke of peace. I want to learn how to live well by being tethered to the One who loves me, who knows what it is to be weary and who paid a dear price for my rest.
“Jesus, thank you for reaching out to me when I was young and for helping me find my way to You. Help me to come to you today with all that burdens me and trust You. Thank you for being my place of rest. Amen.”
What about you?
Are you weary from carrying heavy burdens? What are you dragging around?
Have you heard Jesus call you to come? Are you in need of His rest?
Are you ready to trade your burdens for His yoke of love?
Listen for His voice that calls you to come. God cares that you are weary and in need of rest.
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