Does life seem to be weighing you down right now? Do you find it hard to keep everything you are juggling in balance? (For example: Work, school, family, to-do lists, kid’s sports schedules, meetings, exercising, etc.)
Well, Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy 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.”
What is Jesus saying here? Is He talking about egg YOLK?… Well, I’m excited to tell you he is not. He is actually talking about work.
A “yoke” is a plow or cart that farmers attach to oxens to pull across the field.
It is very hard work. Farmers work all day sweating in the hot sun just to make ends meet each month in order to put food on the table for their families and to simply make it through the day. Am I being a little too dramatic? I don’t think so because it really is hard work. Imagine having to wake up at 5am every morning to get everything ready for the day to start planting or plowing the fields. By noon, the sun is unbearable!. Not only that, but you also have to get the oxens out and guide them through the field because you know they can’t do it on their own. “Hey Frank, I know I’m an oxen, but I got this. You can take the day off, I’ll plow the fields for you today; ok? Ok, great!” No, that will never happen. Farmers have to do all the work themselves and make sure all the work gets done for the day. If it doesn’t then work piles up onto the next day and the next day and the day after that possibly. This sounds tiring already just reading and thinking about it. I can understand how these farmers are weary (tired) and heavy burdened (too much on their plate) because they have to meet an agenda for the day EVERY day.
“So how does this relate to me” you may ask? Well, Jesus wasn’t exactly referring to farmers in this story nor “physical” work. He is actually referring to the things on our minds and our hearts that are mentally exausting to process, to figure out, to think about or to worry about.
So what is making you tired or feel burdened in your life? What is wearing your mind out? Your job? School? Family? Your kids? Your coworkers? Your mortgage payments? Your marriage? Or even your divorce?
What is Jesus really saying? He is simply asking us (you/ me) to just come to Him. He is asking us to put down whatever is consuming our thoughts (work, school, family, chores, check lists, schedules, etc.) and come to Him, talk to Him and spend some time with him. He wants to take our mental worries, our mental tiredness, our mental pain, our “these are the things that are weighing me down” topics and He wants to give us rest. He wants to take up our “work” and allow us to rest in Him, so that He can work on us.
We spend too much time trying to work things out ourselves like the farmers in the story when all we need to do is come to Jesus and acknowledge that it is just way to much to handle right now.
What is it that you need to come to God with and ask Him to take off your chest, your heart or your mind so that you can have rest?
I encourage you to take just a couple minutes and talk to God today. Have a real conversation with Him, ask questions and tell Him exactly what is weighing you down. He will give you the rest that your heart, mind and soul truly needs!