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
When I find my life busier than I feel I can bear, I tend to let every small event overwhelm me. Little things, like my husband asking me to quickly look at something he is working on, helping my kids find something, or looking for a pair of socks that match! Silly things become a burden.
When that happens I know I have tried to carry the stress and work of the world alone. That I have forgotten Christ is there. Instead of relying on Him and His promise to give me strength to get through things, I try to do it all.
He promises that if I will take on his yoke and learn from Him, I will find rest for my soul. So, why carry around my own “yoke” — my burden, on my own? Instead, I can throw it off! Toss it out and turn to Christ. I can stop and rest in Him and He will make it easier.
I know that doesn’t mean it will be easy, just easier. And, through those times, with Christ, I will learn what it means to walk humbly and to glorify God. And, in the end–when the time for rest comes–He will provide it.
So, I find strength and comfort and encouragement today. Instead of stressing about the events of the day and the little–ridiculously little–things, I will turn to Christ. I will seek His presence so that I may not only find strength, but so that I may find joy. He doesn’t want me to just get through it, but to find joy and to glorify Him in my day. He carried all my burdens, so that I might seek Him and glorify Him.
Instead of stumbling through the day with this heavy yoke, I will skip and gallop and sing–just as my kids did when they were little. I do this, because of Christ’s promise and ever presence.