Matthew 11:28-30 NLTA
“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.”
These are really familiar words but recently I wondered why I don’t always feel the rest that Jesus promised. Instead, as I come to Him, my mind is filled even more with the concerns of the week, the times I’ve failed, the full to-do list in front of me…
The problem is, my idea of “coming to Jesus” is just doing a mental dump of all my burdens. But Jesus says first, “Take my yoke.” The yoke is used to help two animals to walk in step as they plough together, instead of pulling ahead or in different directions. More than that, a weaker animal gets help from the one which is stronger and able to take the load, no matter what it weighs.
He also says, “let Me teach you, for I am humble and gentle.” This doesn’t mean that Jesus is weak or soft, but that He is able to guide and direct me in ways that are shaped with love and patience, rather than my desperate attempts to cope with everything with my own efforts and solutions.
As we come to Jesus with our tiredness and burdens through this week, let’s remember to ask Him to teach us the pace, direction and distance to go. And then, let’s walk in step with Him. In His strength, He takes our burdens on His shoulders so we can keep going. We can trust Him to tell us when to try another route, slow down or put down loads which are not ours to carry. It is when we walk side by side with Him that we will find lightness and rest for our souls.