We experienced dad’s brain hemorrhage, his home-going, mom’s heart attack and strokes, the sale of their home in Climax, and mom’s move to St. Paul, leaving the place they’d lived in for 50+ years.
The dates of those events are no longer just squares on a calendar. They represent moments that changed our lives. There were, of course, also times of joy and good things happening in our lives, but during most of those hours, we were focused on putting one foot in front of the other. We just had to keep going…and we didn’t have the energy to do that.
You’ve had similar experiences, I’m sure. The loss, heartache, grieving, and physical work that is required to adapt to these kinds of changes is so overwhelming. It makes you weary, doesn’t it? Getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, and getting through an hour without the tears are all significant accomplishments.
And it’s during these times that we must remember…God gives us rest.
The verses in Matthew 11:28-30 are not just words on a page. They are promises from an Almighty, All-knowing Savior.
“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.”
HE – the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Great Lover of our Souls – HE reaches down and takes us in his arms. He holds us in his strong arms and says, “Rest here. Let me ease your burden.” Oh, what a gift.
Will you choose to take Jesus at his word today? Will you let HIM be your protector, provider, and peace giver?
Trust him with your cares.
Trust him with your burdens.
Trust him with your heart.
Oh, dear Jesus, my heart is heavy today. I’ve run out of energy. The decisions are too great. I just can’t take another step. Would you please hold me? Please give me physical rest. Rest in my soul. Rest in my heart. Please refresh me with your presence. Thank you, Jesus, for caring so much about me. Thank you for making my burden lighter. Thank you.