“The 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.’” Matthew 11:28-30
Are you weary? Do you have heavy burdens? I certainly do! My headaches are a near-constant burden. Parenting makes me tired. Pain makes me weary.
Jesus tells me to come to him and that he will give me rest. How? He will teach me his humility and gentleness. His yoke fits perfectly and the burden that he gives is light.
How can that be? Jesus knows all about me – how can he be restful? It’s because he knows the truth – that God is in control of all my circumstances. The burden that Jesus gives me is simply to walk every day in the path God has given me. And to let Jesus take the pain and weariness and worry. But it’s not a one-time event, apparently, because Jesus says that he will teach us. I must submit myself totally to Jesus and let him teach me to carry his light burden instead of my heavy one.
Lord Jesus, I pray today that I learn a little more each day about how to give you my heavy burdens of pain and worry and fear and how to take your light burden of truth.