“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.” Matthew 11:28-29
What an unbelievable gift it is when someone recognizes that you are tired. Then validates it. Then offers you rest.
Rest involves surrender.
Two honorable practices, that my life needs more and more of.
“Take my yoke…”
Jesus asks us, tenderly, to let Him lead. Gently. Humbly. Restfully led.
Can I confess to you that His isn’t always the leading I follow? Most often, I follow myself…which inevitably leads to me running in circles like a kitten chasing her tail.
Silly to watch. Completely unproductive. Exhausting.
Today, I seek His rest. His yoke. His gentleness.
Tuning my ear, again, to His voice. His commands.
In the midst of the children’s noise…their growing, their learning, their needing…help me to take on your easy yoke, your light burden and follow you. Thank you for loving me anyway, on the days I “chase my tail”. Forgive me for not listening. Open my ears and my heart to heed your direction. I know you are the Way.
In Jesus I pray…
“The Lord is my shepherd…
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3