I read all the Words of Encouragement that Kelly posted a few days ago and saved every single one of them in my "prayer" folder on my computer. I knew that one day, I'd need to pull on those Words to lift me up and to help me find rest.
And today is one of those days...
"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
This verse really touched me. I read it over and over again, I looked it up in my Bible, and even spent time this morning researching the verse on the internet.
I found quite a few interesting facts about this verse...
- I am weary and burdened when I try to live under my own will and guidance. Jesus wants to help me out from under this burden.
- I am ALWAYS in a hurry but I don't seem to know where I am going. I experience failure, disappointment and neglect staring me in the face all the time. But I cannot seem to admit there is rest ONLY in Christ. He is what I need and when I come to Him there isn't any doubt that He will give me rest.
- A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen and is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. Similarly, I too am carrying a heavy burden on my heart.
- Another version reads "For My yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light." This doesn't mean - no effort is required. This doesn't mean that everything about being a Christian is smooth and painless. But He will pull my weight and lighten my burdens.