“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Sometimes in life we just need a friend to come along side and give us a word of encouragement.
I recently had the privilege to provide a few words of encouragement this week to a person that the Lord had been putting on my heart.
What a blessing it was to do so!
As part of those words, I shared a passage from Matthew 11:28 in which Jesus reminded me that He is available to each of us, to lay our burdens down at His feet, to receive the rest He is offering us.
Life has a way of tiring us out, and we often grow weary, not necessarily from a big single burden, although that can be the case, but often it is the weariness of carrying a bunch of small burdens.
When we carry those burdens, and if we’re the type of person that finds it hard to ask for help, we soon find ourselves pretty worn out. And worse yet, we start to feel like somehow we don’t measure up, or that we are in some way failing either ourselves or those closest to us, or we feel guilty because we can’t seem to handle whatever burden it is and we think we should be able to handle it.
Soon the joy in our heart is robbed.
If you are one of these people, let me start by sharing that you are perfectly normal. You heard me…perfectly normal.
Do you know why?
Because we are not perfect!
Sometimes we just need someone to take the initiative and give us permission to ask for a chance to rest.
Wait no longer…Jesus gives you that permission. In fact he offers you the rest you need with no guilt! No strings attached…
Do the burdens of life just go away? They can, but mostly they don’t. But if we can rest, He can give us the insight, grace, and strength to go beyond.
The Bible says that we are one in the body of Christ. (Rom 12:4) Meaning that each of us who have received Jesus into our lives are in fact part of Him. A healthy body has parts that work together to keep the whole functioning well.
If you’re weary, remember that Jesus has given you permission to rest with no guilt attached. Ask God to bring a person to mind that could give you some respite to, and then go ask them. Chances are they would be honored to help you.
If you’re the one being approached by another seeking rest, count it a great blessing that you can worship God by filling a practical need.
If God brings a person to your mind that needs rest…show them your love by sending them a note, let them know that they can claim the rest that Jesus offered, and then offer yourself as that person who can help them!
Do you know why rest is so important?
When we are resting, our minds are not cluttered with the many burdens’ we are carrying. That means when God speaks to our hearts, we have a chance of hearing Him. If we can hear Him, He will give you the means to help you release the burden you are carrying.
I wonder how often I have not heard God because I felt guilty, or worried what others might think if I took some time to rest.
So take a moment and rest…be still…“Be still and know that I am God….”(Psalms 46:10)