Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened…Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:28-29
Rest for the soul, even the very sound of that phase is appealing. It’s what we long for, we just don’t know it. We think we want rest for our body, so we try to get sleep, or rest of our mind, so we watch tv or get on the internet, but what we really need is rest for our souls. Just before this statement Jesus says, “no one truly knows the Father except the Son AND those the Son chooses to reveal to Him.” He’s foreshadowing to what true rest is, to know and be know by the Father. That’s the only way we will ever get rest, by knowing that we are loved. Otherwise, as Henry Noewen says, we will spend our lives literally begging others to love us.
“Weary and heavy burdened” describes us as a culture today. We worship busyness and overcommitment, and if we believe in Jesus we ask him to bless our many plans. Yet, His words invade us today, “Let me teach you..and you will find rest for your souls.” Man, I want rest, I want that rest that Jesus talks about here. I know the only way to receive that rest is to steal away each day and be restored by the One that makes us whole.
Prayer: My Lord, you have such a different way about you. You are humble, gentle at heart, you provide the ultimate rest. Teach me to rest in you today. I am yours. Amen