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