Scripture: Matthew 11: 25-30
Key verses: (28-30) “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Reflection: I love this passage because at first glance, it sounds like an invitation to a good nap! Jesus calls those of us who are worn out to come and rest. I’M IN! Who is with me?
It is appealing given everything going on in this world on top of the regular stress from family and jobs. Many of us would love nothing more than Jesus to just take the weight from us.
It doesn’t happen exactly that way. Well, not at all that way. We are asked to trust Jesus and take on a different yoke. Jesus becomes a yoke, a way of life. Following Jesus we navigate our challenges and maybe we realize we were never meant to carry our burdens alone. Faith calls us to trust God’s way and not our own way. It is hard, but in the end we find rest for our souls.
Prayer: God, in my weariness guide me to your path. Help me crawl out from wherever I am buried or hiding and follow your Son with trust. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].