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 (NIV)
For Those Soul Weary Days
There are days that weigh heavy on your soul.
The alarm clock buzzes you awake like lightning bolts jolting your ears. And the rush of already late floods your soul before you’ve even begun. Your life has gone on without you again and you’re always running out of breath. Lagging behind, trying harder to keep up.
There are days when swinging your legs over the side of your bed and standing on two feet leave you feeling crooked, as though your whole day was born slanted and you’re slipping downhill a bit more, limping towards coffee and to-do lists and the tiniest faded hope that today you will do it. Today you won’t carry the unbearable sadness that seeps into the murky rising light of morning.
Today you won’t ache with the unfulfilled things. The barren soul of the never enough. Today you won’t be so desperately weary.
We have all felt it at different times and for different reasons.
Sometimes we can prattle off a list of the why’s, but more often than not, weariness seeps into our days, layering itself and settling like fog on every surface of our lives, making it hard to see the hope we have been promised.
More often than not, our burdens are not so simply diagnosed. They can’t be lifted by pithy sayings and motivational quotes. They remain untouched by trying harder and positive thinking. Our burdens are complicated but the answer is simple. Often too simple for our taste. We want solutions and plans, flow charts, and ten-step programs. We want to know what we can do to solve the problem of our burdens but the promise is not what we can do but who we can know.
Come to me.
The solution to weariness is Jesus. He simply offers himself as our antidote to despair and weariness.
I will give you rest.
He promises He is the answer to the burdened soul. He is the rest we seek. He is the promise of hope and the breath in our lungs to face another day.
So if we are to find rest, why do we need to take up a yoke? Isn’t that work? Isn’t that laborious?
When we look closer, we see that the work God has called us to do is to abide. Our rest, our joy, our hope, and our strength all come from abiding in Christ. He takes our yoke of sin and death, striving and weariness and offers rest for our souls.
Come to me. I will give you rest, He promises.
So if you are weary, Jesus’ invitation is to come. Abide. And you will find rest for your soul.
If you’re feeling burdened and weary, will you believe that Jesus is enough?
That He is the rest you seek and the hope you have?