Matthew 11:27-28 (KJV)
27 “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I can remember a time when I was able to work an 18 hour day in the Marine Corps. I would spend the entire day moving, seldom taking more than a few minutes to devour some chow. After working a long day, sleep was never a problem. Getting a few hours of sleep was all I needed, then it was back to work…and the cycle continued for years.
Oh, how those days are but a memory and reminder of my youth. But one thing remains and will remain the same, we all need rest. With the winter months upon us, the long sun filled days are slowly passing away. The frigid cold that will keep us from spending a long day outside, will keep most of us inside for a majority of our day. This may lead some of us to exercise less. Adding to this change is the approaching holiday seasons, which usually adds some additional challenges for some.
Two thoughts come to mind from the text. First, we have a time when things can get stressful. During the holidays we may find ourselves under more stress than usual. Stress is a normal part of life, but there may come a time when our stress becomes dangerous. Second, our stress not only affects us physically and mentally, but also spiritually.
Stress awareness is vital to being able to recognize the signs and the ability to make adjustments in order to reduce added stressors. The same holds true for us spiritually. We must take time out of our busy days to come to Him and find our rest. Think of it like recharging our spiritual batteries. But we can’t recharge until we stop and plug-in. Slowing down will not allow us enough time to fully charge, we have to stop. “Take my yoke upon you…”, teaches us to come along side Christ. This does not mean that we are taking on more afflictions, but calling us to refocus our priorities to ensure we are doing His will. If we come along side Christ and join yokes with him, we will have no other choice but to follow, learn, and serve with him.
The Silent Preacher