Prompt for this Five Minute Friday is
“Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Most Christians love this verse. I’m sure it’s framed and hung up in many a home. Isn’t it sweet that God cares for our rest? When we’re weary from all our toils and burdens, we just have to come to Him and He will make us lie down by the waters of rest. Yet I never really paid attention to the verses right after that until recently. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” What? I thought after I came to the Lord, He would say, “Take a week vacation from the kids and just go veg at the beach with your husband.” But take My yoke? That doesn’t sound too relaxing…isn’t a yoke for working oxen?
But I have to admit that is often my experience. Real rest for my soul doesn’t come from lying on the beach doing nothing (although that is needed once in a while). It comes from me learning from the Lord to do the Father’s will, whatever that may be. Yesterday I was tired, weary, wallowing in self pity because this will be the third weekend in a row that my husband has to be out of town leaving me home with two kids. I complained and whined to the Lord (and a little to my husband). I convinced myself that I needed, no deserved really, a vacation right NOW, pouting like my son does when he wants his way. But then that night we had a Bible study in our home. I grudgingly took on His yoke and surprisingly I found it to be easy and light. Sometimes we find rest for our souls in the most unlikely places. For me that day, I found it in opening our home to others. I found it in the Word, in fellowship, in sitting around the table with college students eating brownies and drinking milk. That’s where the Lord gave me rest.