Monday, July 6, 2009

Learn & Rest

[From July 4, 2009]

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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)

At times, life is hard. We've all experienced difficulties at one point or another. Maybe that's why this passage from Matthew 11 is so comforting to so many who have heard it. Who wouldn't want their burdens lightened or rest for their soul?

But today when I was reading this chapter, my heart paused on "take my yoke upon you and learn from me." It's not just "let me ease your burdens," as if we had no responsibility other than dropping our cares & problems at Christ's feet. No... we're called to LEARN from Jesus. To follow his pathway ("yoke"). Jesus isn't a "magic pill" that erases all struggles. However, when we read, study & commune with Jesus... when we seek to truly learn the message and motives he espouses... we begin to see how life's cares no longer oppress.

PRAYER: You are the One true burden reliever. You walk with us and ease our troubles when we trust in you. But I want to be open to really learning from you, Lord. Remove from me a self-centered heart. Keep me open to drawing deep from the well of your life, death & resurrection! AMEN.

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