Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28 (NLT).
At 13 years old, I really wanted a word from God. So being the spiritual teenager that I was, I tried the old ‘flip and point’. It’s where you close your eyes, open your bible, flip through the pages, randomly point at a page and open your eyes…
One night, I opened my eyes on this verse. It spoke to me back then, but now, as an adult and many seasons since then, this verse has ministered to my heart and life through everything. It’s like a reflex to want something to comfort and reassure you when you’re in pain… And each of us have different things that we ‘reflex’ to when faced with certain situations. We reach out to all kinds of things to bring us that inner rest and peace that our souls crave. Work, food, alcohol, drugs, relationships, TV, fantasy, games, sport, the internet… And all the while, Jesus is calling “Come to me…”
The open invitation with no RSVP, a standing reservation, a constant and immovable request: “Come to me…” We are taught that being weary and carrying heavy burdens is something to be ashamed of. And this shame and ‘wanting to do better, please people' is what keeps us from the very one who can free us from it. I think getting weary and heavy is just life. Life happens – every day… Sometimes good life happens, and sometimes bad life happens. But every time, in the light and airy, or weary and heavy, we can unashamedly accept Jesus' invitation for rest.
If we could maintain our own spiritual energy and get rid of our own burdens, why would we need Jesus? 2 Cor 12:9 says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I [Paul] will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” So if you’re feeling weary, and burdens are tight around your neck, don’t be downcast, don’t shrug away in shame… But come boldly into His presence. It’s with Jesus, there you will find true rest. Teach your heart to ‘reflex' to Him in every season.