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“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.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Magazine headlines often talk about simplicity and rest. The ideal is there inside the beautiful pages – to carve out more time for what is most important – but in reality, this goal is so hard to reach. Why is it that measurable tasks (such as receiving a university degree, raising seven children, or running a marathon) can seem more attainable than simplicity and rest?
One humid rainy morning while out on a run on our Indonesian street, I saw a beautiful sight. Since it was wet outside, the road was clearer than normal because in Indonesian culture they do not like rain. Many of those who were out traveling to work or school by motorbike were decked out in large ponchos.
A certain motorbike caught my eye: a father was taking his child to school. But I could not see the child. All I saw was the father, wearing a poncho, and the child’s legs were poking out behind him from underneath the poncho. The child had hopped onto the motorbike behind her father, and the father had draped the back of his poncho over his child. This is how the father took his child to school. The child could not see where she was going, but she rested in the dark shadow of her father’s poncho … because the father knew where he was going.
Don’t we desire this sort of rest, this child-like life of simply trusting? Are you tired of madly driving through life, failing to rest? Are you weary from stress and missing out on what is truly important? Carve out time today and sit on your Father’s lap. He has something to tell you. Turn off the radio, TV, and phone. Sit in silence. Open His word. Pray. Tell Him about the burdens you’re carrying.
Jesus invites us to come and find rest for our weary souls in Him. Unlike the burdens of this world, Jesus’ yoke is simple. Jesus provides rest. Like the child sheltered by her father’s rain poncho, we too can rest under the Heavenly Father’s wings … for He knows where He is going.
Father, Thank you for your promise to take care of my burdens. Forgive me for being filled with stress and anxiety. Help me to trust you with my worries and cares. Amen.
Question: What burdens do you need to give to the Lord today?