‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ – Matthew 11:28

Welcome again, Willing Spirits!

May is the month of new beginnings and the last month of Spring. Let’s make it count. Additionally, this week (10th May – 16th May) is Mental Health Awareness week and I thought today’s verse was fitting. Alongside with prayer, if necessary, seek professional assistance to help you through it all. God bless x.

Have there been days where the last straw was taken and you felt this overwhelming heaviness inside you? Or you realised you had so many things to get done and it felt like too much to handle? Or maybe nothing happened at all but a random wave of stress, anxiety or sadness came over you? Christian or not, these things happen to a lot of us if not all. Jesus acknowledges this and gives us a way out. He invites us–which means we have a choice to accept or not–to come to Him and basically unload all our struggles and burdens on to Him. And in return, instead of feeling annoyed at our venting or doing nothing about it, He gives us rest. Imagine, our burdens in exchange for rest. Who wouldn’t want that?

Jesus mentions rest in the next verse too ‘…take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ [v.29 NKJV] This proves that our burdens are not meant to be kept to ourselves, although obvious, we still sometimes bottle them in either for the fear of it being used against us or that we don’t want to burden others. But Jesus tells us it is okay to share that burden, if not with our brothers and sisters in Christ then with Him. He wants to make it easier for us to keep moving forward and in order to do so and progress, we must rid ourselves of the heavy load that may be slowing our steps. You don’t have to carry the burden alone or at all. Jesus asks us to learn from Him because His heart bares no heavy burden or struggle. It is the very reason why He wants to take our own burdens from us.

And if we still question why we ought to do this, Jesus goes on to say ‘…For My yoke is easy and My burden is light‘ [v.30]. This verse makes so much sense when we know the meaning of the word “yoke”. It is ‘…a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals are joined at the heads or necks for working together.’1 This is so their load is made easier to drag along. Similarly, sharing our burdens with Jesus is like this. We are given the strength and wisdom to tackle the struggles in our lives because of Him. This is what it means for Jesus‘s yoke to be easy. Our heavy ones become light as soon as we make that connection to Jesus.

We are told that if we get to a point where we are weary and heavy-laden, stop and come to Jesus so He can give us rest. Today and especially this week, if you find yourself in this predicament, remember that Jesus has invited you to come to Him to help you. Take His hand and witness the replenishing of power and strength He will give to you.

I pray God guides and protects you all in Jesus’ name! Have a lovely and productive week! Stay blessed x.

A Willing Spirit x

1Merriam-webster.com

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