Saturday, June 13, 2009

Giving Me Rest...

I am having a rough day today...it really is starting to seem that my bad days are trying to out number my good days lately.

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.

So today I'm choosing to lean on Him...to put my worries aside and let Him give me rest.

6 comments:

Heather said...

Lianna- I am so sorry you are tired and hurting. I have had many days like this, and still do sometimes, but I remember so clearly that, in the midst of what seems like hopelessness in the fight against infertility, those days seem numerous and overwhelming and just BAD. I am saying a prayer of strength and hope for you. You are so right to claim scripture and meditate on it. God has a plan...He is faithful and worthy of our trust.

Jenna said...

Praying for you sweet friend!

noahandlylasmommi said...

Praying for you today.

Alyson said...

Praying for you, Lianna. I know these kinds of days much too well also. I know God will lift the burden on your heart and give you some rest.
You are truly and inspiration--even on your hardest days!

Kendra said...

Praying for rest...

SweetTeaOnTheRiver said...

Praying for you today! Give it over to God and you will continue to find peace. This was the perfect verse for me today. I've been experiencing my own burdens recently and it's hard to let go and give them to God. Thanks for reminding me that he is always there to help and comfort me!