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. Matt. 11:28-29
Physically I haven’t been feeling great this week and I was definitely feeling weary when I read this verse yesterday. The first thing that caught my attention was the word REST. All of the changes of living in a new country, from climate to language to culture and everything in between can be draining, physically and emotionally. Rest sounded pretty nice. 🙂 Then I thought about the rest of the verse. Specifically the phrase, “Learn from me.” What an example our Lord set! During his ministry on earth he was living in a land stained with sin. That alone must have made him weary. He was constantly the center of attention, both from people who longed to be near him and his enemies who wanted to destroy him. You can’t read the Scriptures without realizing that his days must have been physically challenging. “Learn from me.” Jesus had his focus on his Father’s will and on His Father’s heart. Gentle, Humble, Full of Love….
I need rest for my soul and I need to find it by seeking Jesus and His example. My desire is to know Him more – to love Him more. I have nothing to give unless it first comes from Him.