This past week was long and hard. Each day was more busy than the last. My husband was able to get a lot of harvesting done, which is good. But on the flip side, that means I saw him very little. Hard times in the Johnson house.
I'm just reminded that God reaches out, calls out to those who are weary.
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 at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."
Jesus invites the weary and stressed to come to Him. He wants us to bring our concerns and worries to Him.
So why don't we do that more? Why do we go through life stressed and anxious?
Sometimes in the busyness of life, we just forget. We just try to do it on our own first instead of coming to Jesus first. What energy we waste when we try to do it ourselves! The old hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" says, "Oh, what peace we often forfeit. Oh, what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." Those words are so true. We do not get to experience the peace that Jesus came to this earth to bring because we simply do not go to Him first.
There is a little catch to Jesus' offer of rest for the weary. Did you notice it? We have to take His yoke upon us. This is not an egg yolk, folks. I looked up the definition, even though I was pretty sure what it meant, but it never hurts to be specific.
A yoke is a "wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull." It's from the Latin word jungere which means "to join." (info from Google Dictionary)
So Jesus asks us to join our lives with Him, but why? Is it so He can give us a list of rules to follow and more stuff to do? No way! It is so He can teach us to be more like Him. And when we become more like Him, our lives just get better.
Jesus is the most humble and gentle teacher you will ever have, friends. He is not forceful. He lets you come to Him. And when we do, we are rewarded with that rest in the midst of the storms of life.
These verses are just a great reminder for me to go to Jesus first. When I come to Him, He takes the weight of my worries and stresses onto His shoulders. I can breathe. I have peace. And, as His word says, He gives me rest. Real rest. Rest that can even help overcome a sleepless night.
Some people hesitate to join up with anyone who says, "Be joined with me. Let me show you the way to live." I get that. Humans have a rebellious nature deep down. But Jesus promises something way better than the pride of "doing it on my own." True rest and true fellowship with the God who created you and loves you more than His own life.
I will leave you with the words to another little hymn I sang in the little white church. I am making it my prayer, and I ask you to do the same. Let's experience God's rest.
"I cast all my cares upon You.
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.
And anytime I don't know what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You."
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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