What Are You Waiting For?


Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

If that were a billboard on the side of the highway, I would pull over, jump out of my car and yell, “SIGN ME UP!”  Seriously, who doesn’t want that?  Get away, recover my life, take a real rest, live freely and lightly? I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t want even one of those things!  Yet there are.  I know them, you know them, and let’s be honest sometimes we are them, so caught up in our own way of doing things that we fail to slow down and remember and allow Jesus to do what He has told us he would do.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” 

Jesus says He will give us rest while teaching us how to accept and live in that rest.  He tells us that He is humble and gentle and that what he gives will fit us perfectly- perfectly people! Who doesn’t want perfect? I know I do.  Our Savior knows us so intimately that He knows what fits us (His yoke) and what doesn’t (the worlds expectations) and what is too heavy for us, the things that weigh our hearts down He says He will take and exchange it for something lighter, that fits perfectly.

What are you carrying around today that you need to put down and trust Jesus to take hold of, to carry for you? Are you trying to fit into something that isn’t where Jesus wants you to be, is the fit less than perfect?  Do you trust that He is what says He is – gentle and humble and that he wants to give you rest, not just for your feet or hands or your busy mind, but also most importantly, for your very soul.  Believe it, He is the answer, He is waiting for you, He is ready.  What are you waiting for?

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. 1 Peter 5:7

About joymsteed

"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:4 I love this verse but the problem is I, more often than not, spend so much time rushing through the day that I don't think I really embrace what God is telling me through this verse. So, I am deciding to stand still or at least go slow and enjoy the days and the blessings that come, all of them; the ordinary and the extraordinary, the hard and the good, catching the moments wrapped up in each and giving thanks for the journey I am on. I am blessed to venture forward with my husband of 20 years and our two daughters, life has been hard and good and taken us places we never imagined we would go - both standing still and moving. God has been good and now as we enter a new stage, that point where our family road begins to have forks that are leading our girls to begin chapters in their stories that are separate from our story and although this excites me it also makes me wonder what's next for this mom, where do I go from here and what will this next chapter look like for me? I don't have the answers yet, what I do know though is that God is good and I know that He is going to lead and I will obediently follow, leaning in, standing still and rejoicing in the days ahead, the good and the hard days, the ordinary and the extraordinary days and the blessings wrapped in each. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

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