This Day in History: 0000-09-26

September 26 – Matthew 11:28-30

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

What heavy burden are you carrying today?  Does it seem too much to bear?  There are many days when the weight of my situation has felt like it may just suffocate me.  Can you relate?

On those days it can be difficult to believe that the burden Jesus asks me to carry is light.  But the truth is, He doesn’t say that life will be easy, but simply that our helping of the burden, our “yoke” will be easy to bear.  In other words, He will carry the bulk of the weight for us, if we will just let Him.

Let’s come to Jesus in our weariness today and accept the rest He offers.  Doesn’t the thought of handing over the weight of it all sound amazing?  Don’t the words, “you will find rest for your souls” cause tears to well up in your eyes and hope to fill your heart?

I know it can be so difficult to truly hand over those burdens. It feels impossible sometimes to relinquish control and trust our Savior.  But when our weary souls can bear it no longer, let’s remember who we are.  We are His dearly loved sons and daughters and He longs to give us rest.