On August 31, I’ll have a meniscus repair done on my left knee. My surgeon told me I’d need to rest and take it easy for 4-5 days, then gradually get back into my routine.
Just the thought of resting (laying on the couch, then moving to a chair, repeat, etc.) drives me nuts! I’ve always liked “moving on” with everything and going from one thing to the next. Many times, with no break before the next thing. But, there’s a problem with that. No margin, no room to rest. When that happens, I’m never at my best regardless of what I’m doing.
Well, Jesus speaks clearly into our lives about that in Matthew 11. In verse 28, He begins, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The emphasis is mine, but it’s the way He spoke to me in these verses. Jesus, in essence, is saying, “Everyone of you, come to me, because I am the only one who can give you rest from whatever you’re going through or dealing with in your life. I want to teach you, so learn from me how you will find real rest.”
Here’s the kicker though. You and I have to be ourselves before God and unload the burdens – you know, those things that have brought you to the end of your rope. But if you have even one inkling of self-sufficiency, don’t ask Jesus for anything, it won’t do you any good to try. You see, Jesus is telling you that He wants to share the load, so why won’t you let Him? Fear? Pride? Confusion? All of the negative excuses you can give are from the enemy, and he cares nothing about you. The one who will take the burden is the one who loves you, and will give you rest. Real rest.
If you don’t see me for a few days, I’ll be resting…