Overwhelmed. Tired. Exhausted. Insecure. Scared. Lonely. Frustrated. Anxious. Comfort. Joy. Victories. Peace. Humbled. Blessed. Loved.
In the recent season of my life, I have experienced all of these emotions. The good, the bad, and everything in between. Everyone has emotions and, if not controlled those emotions can be used by the enemy to prevent us from doing what needs to be done for God’s Kingdom.
During my emotional roller coasters, I turn to Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all 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." (NIV)
What I really want the scripture to say is that God will get rid of my yokes and burdens. Instead, scripture tells me that God wants me to take His yoke because I will learn from Him and His yoke is easy and light. We learn valuable lessons while we are yoked with our heavenly Father, depending fully on His direction and strength.
If I come to Him, He will give me rest. I can rest in Him during the ups and downs of my emotional ride. Rest is promised! But the word "come" tells me that there needs to be some action on my part. I have to pursue Him and His Word. When my emotions are turbulent, I have the urge to go straight to my husband, my mom, or my close friends, but I need to go to God first.
Burdens can be really tough to bear. When I think of the word yoke, I picture two oxen held together by a wooden crosspiece, attached to a plow or cart. Those poor animals have to pull whatever is attached to them; their burdens.
When I go grocery shopping, my 5-year-old, Elijah, likes to help me push the cart. He stands in between my arms and pushes while I push. In reality, I am doing most (if not all) of the work, but Elijah believes that he is strong enough to push the cart and that we are sharing the load. If Elijah were to release the cart, it would still move forward because I am the one pushing it, but as soon as I let go, the cart would stop moving. When I push the cart to the right, Elijah naturally goes right with me; when I push it to the left, he turns left with me. When he gets tired, he stands on the lower bar of the cart, and I end up pushing his weight as well as the weight of the cart.
In the same way, imagine being with God. He is the bigger, stronger one, of course! When He turns left to avoid ditches, we are gently guided in the same direction. When He turns right to walk on a less bumpy path, we avoid the bumps right along with him. When He stops to avoid a collision, we have to stop as well. Because He is the bigger one, He the carries the load, and when we get tired, God continues to trek on.
He says, "come." Seek Him daily, follow Him in obedience, talk to Him daily, and take that next step to get a closer to Him. He will give you rest!
Take His yoke. Let Him lead. Follow His directions in His word. Find the purpose in your pain, and look for the lesson in your season. He is gentle and humble in heart.
Seek Him and find true rest for your soul!