Matthew 11-12 B

“Then 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.” 11:28-30

Pause and reflect on the things that currently weigh you down. Maybe it’s finances. Or one of life’s many logistics. Is it an unrepented sin?

I wonder why we don’t take Jesus up on this more often. Why we insist on lugging our own problems around, stubbornly and slowly?

My son is in the very age-appropriate stage of insisting he does everything himself. Mostly this is great, and often frees me up a bit. But occasionally it makes things more difficult, creates a lot of frustration and leaves him in a defeated heap with tear-streaked cheeks.

Yesterday he wanted to carry a fully-packed suitcase up a flight of stairs and completely melted down in his failure to do so. I had packed it for him and set it by the stairs, and it was never meant for him to carry. I intended on taking it upstairs, but he was determined to do it himself. It was his suitcase. His belongings. His problem. Never mind this thing weighs more than him, he will be dragging it up the stairs by himself. Okay? Buzz off, mom. I’m 4 now.

O, how often we do this. We bat away God’s helping hands as we hoist our heavy burdens over our own backs. Let me teach you and you will find rest.

Trusting Jesus with our heavy hearts is a learned habit and takes practice.

What do you need to surrender to God? What burden are you holding on to, hesitant to hand over to him? We were never intended to do this alone. Our God is loving, relational and provides rest for our souls, we just need to allow him.


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