Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Mathew 11:28)
True rest can happen even in the midst of work.
Have you ever noticed that the same workload can seem easy one day and insurmountably overwhelming the next? A few days ago, work seemed effortless, as I cruised along in the Rivers of Living Water, experiencing the joy of the Lord’s nearness. However, only a day later, I trudged through a dry dusty riverbed, pulling an overloaded donkey cart of work.
As is my plan, when I noticed the shift in my heart, I reached for the truth of God’s word. This time I turned to Matthew 11:28. As I read, I knew the Lord was talking to me. I felt weary and heavy-laden, fatigued and over-burdened.
Come to Me, I read
Digging in, I discovered that the Greek word for “come” means “come hither” or “come this way”.
Jesus is always with me, but here He is asking me for a deeper “withness”. I thought of being with people in an elevator. They are with me, but unless we engage, there’s no connection.
Conversely, one of my earliest memories was walking with my great grandmother. She held my hand and guided me around a swimming pool. Being with her was not an option. I would have been in danger without her.
This is the level of “withness” Jesus is asking of me. When I comply, the rest comes. In my backward thinking, rest only comes when all the work is done. Which is never, because there’s always something else to do.
The rest Jesus is offering happens even in the midst of work, a byproduct of heeding His call to “come this way”.
Rest – take ease, refresh, refrain, come to an end. My striving, my focus on work, needs to end.
My dutiful, weary day happened not because of the amount of work, but because work had become my focus. I knew Christ is my life, but I was living as if work was my life.
Being with Jesus is rest. Taking His yoke upon me is literally giving Him my burdens. In His yoke, my burden becomes His. The weightiest task feels light when I’m following Him. “For My yoke is easy and My load is light.” (Matthew 28:30)
Lord, I’m sorry I became so focused on work. You are my Life. Please keep me ever aware of your nearness and strength that I might continually be attentive to your leading.
Challenge: Is there an area of your life where you feel weary and over-burdened? If so, lean in close to Jesus so that He can say ‘come this way.’ His way will be light and powerfully effective. Handling the burdens on your own is not only wearisome, but completely ineffective.
 Galatians 2:20
 Ephesians 2:4-6
 Colossians 1:17