“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Rest. A season of rest. This is where I find myself these days after 3 moves in the last 2 years, job changes, school changes, address changes, so many changes. I find myself weary body, soul, spirit and mind, drained from these many transitions and managing them for my family. I’ve pasted this image as my phone’s wallpaper.
I “know” what the Bible says about rest, about how God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3), how he created the Sabbath to as an example, invitation and command (!) to imitate his rest (Exodus 20:8-10). And yet, the phrase “Let yourself rest” still feels foreign, hard to flesh out.
Poet and author of The Message renders the familiar invitation in Matthew 11:28-30 this way:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Yes, please! This is indeed what I want: to learn to take a real rest, to walk and work with Jesus, learning from Him the unforced rhythms of grace. I know He has been with me every step of these last tumultuous years and I look forward to learning from Him in this season of rest.
Insight and inspiration:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep toa those he loves.” Psalm 127:2
Invitation: Do you hear Jesus’ invitation to come, get away, learn the unforced rhythms of grace? What would that look like in your life? How will you respond?