Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”
There are pieces of scripture that are helpful, some thought provoking and on certain days there are those passages that are gifts to us because we need them. The passage from Matthew is just such an example of something I needed yesterday, and came up on different occasions because not surprisingly, I missed it the first time (or two).
Like all of you, at times I carry the weight of the world (as I perceive it) on my shoulders. I didn’t realize how heavy it was yesterday until I was reminded of the passage from Matthew 11 and noticed how even the mental weight of my baggage was impacting my posture. I was sitting in my seat virtually in the fetal position. I needed rest, I needed help but until I heard it I didn’t even realize how bogged down I was. The result during that time is that it gave a foothold to anger and resentment that began to grow and threatened to put distance in the relationships that mattered most to me.
I needed to give up my burden, hand over my yoke. Tim Jones said it so perfectly yesterday in the service, God made the ultimate trade. Our burdens in exchange for forgiveness, rest and peace. Doesn’t seem particularly fair, but God has a history of getting the short end of the stick in Earthly terms, because in the end He gets us. That’s a trade He’d make every time, again and again, without hesitation. It changed my afternoon, my evening and resulted in a greater sense of peace as I began today with a long list of things to do, financial questions, difficult conversations to have and a heart that craves even more time with my family.
Handing it over to God is easy in theory and concept, but as someone that struggles with control it’s anything but easy. Giving myself over, saying ok God here’s my garbage. Here are the things that are plaguing me, they’re all yours now, thanks. Yet the committee in my head tells me there has to be more. Making it more difficult is from the one that intends to steal and kill and destroy.
It doesn’t have to be that difficult, but I need the reminders from a greater community when I can’t remind myself of His promises. Thanks for being there for me, and thanks to God for each of you. You’re vital to me, and to one-another. Don’t hesitate to lean on your neighbors when you get stuck. When you do a fact-check with a brother, you’ll be reminded of the truth about yourself. Not lies from the committee that wants to hold you back, but truth from a Father that wants us to flourish.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you”
Grace and peace