“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.” (verses 28-30)
Lord Jesus, you speak to me this morning across the ages, entering right into my life experience here, now. I feel weary and burdened with the life of ministry (though, in the same breath, I can say I have a growing excitement about what you are doing, Lord – joy in the journey) – even as I write I realize that you, Lord, are already drawing me into your rest, into that place of being in-sync with you. Thank you.
I remember well an Elder-preacher in my early teens (years ago!) speaking about what it means to “be at peace”. He used the example of a finely-tuned sports car, saying it was truly at peace (at rest) when it was roaring down the freeway at top speeds. So, I hear your invitation, Lord, not as an entrée into passivity, but rather as a welcome into unity and harmony with you, and therefore with myself.
It’s about finding the peace-filled stride alongside you, entering into your rhythm. This is the nature of the yoke – not disengagement from activity, but action in-sync with the Master.
O Lord, this is what I long for – to be truly in-sync with you. Let me hear your invitation all day long. Let me have eyes to see the length of your stride, the rhythm of your walk, that I may stay safely in the flow of your own forward movement.
O Lord, help me as I enter into a somewhat tense meeting this afternoon. The guy I meet with is so determined regarding the issue at hand – I know, by default, I will tend to buck the determination of his forward march. Let me not get so distracted by his stride that I miss yours. Help me keep my eye on your movement, my ear tuned to your gentle voice.
O Lord, I joyfully take your yoke. All others are cumbersome. Yours fits well. Perfectly. I rejoice in the call of your leadership. Let me be at peace, at rest, in the rhythm of your stride this day.
Reflect: What weariness or burden rests on you at the moment? Put it again into Jesus’ hands. Then, with this issue in mind, watch for the gait of his stride throughout the day. Keep pace with him alone.