Being a wife can be wearisome. Being a mother can be wearisome. Life in general can be wearisome. Sometimes we can’t pinpoint it to one thing. It’s cumulative of many things. Where do we go, what do we do when life becomes overwhelming and we feel we have nowhere to go? As always, God has the solution.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Come unto me.”
Jesus’ solution is simple. Come. This is an invitation. It’s a call to turn from whatever you are currently depending on. There is no 10-step process, no boxes to tick, no list of rules. Just come. He offers Himself as the solution. Because He is enough. It’s a call to an intimacy of fellowship. Come.
He doesn’t want us to rest in the how and when, He wants us to rest in the surety that He will keep His promise to us in His perfect way and in His perfect timing.
“All ye that labour and are heavy laden.”
Who is He calling? All. He’s talking to anyone who will listen.
Heavy Laden – it means to place a burden upon; oppressed by legal burdens
Weary – to labor, toil, expand great effort in hard and disagreeable work; to labour to the point of exhaustion. Does this describe you? Do you labour? Are you heavy laden? Are you weary? Then He’s talking to you.
“I will give you rest.”
Doesn’t that just bring comfort? He will give us rest. This is His pledge to us. We can rest in Him. Rest means to refresh, rest up, cease from labour.
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while…” Mark 6:31 Jesus recognised their need for a break. He knows when you are weary. He gives you permission to rest. Don’t be hard on yourself. And don’t play the martyr! “Oh, woe is me, I have to do everything around here.”
“Take my yoke upon you and learn of me.”
If He promises us rest why is He asking us to take up His yoke? He didn’t say come and I’ll remove all yokes. He tells us to take up His yoke. His yoke is different than ours
Learn here means to inquire by use and practice, to acquire a habit of through practice. His plan is a change of life, a transformed life-style through an intimate relationship with Him.
Make the time to read God’s Word and learn. If you are too busy to spend time in the Word, you are too busy. You will make the time to do the things that are important to you.
“For I am meek and lowly in heart.”
He wants us to learn of Him. He wants us to learn to be meek and lowly. Meek means gentle. Gentle means having a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character. How does this fit in with your mum life? Are you mild, kind, and tender?
Lowly means humble. Humble means having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance. I love that Christ describes Himself as gentle and humble.
“And ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
When we are burdened our souls look for hope. Advertising companies know this. They try to sell their products that will solve your problems, whether it’s the latest kitchen gadgets or the latest product that will make cleaning your house easier. Our houses will get dirty again, our laundry will continue to pile up. The only place we will find hope and find rest for our souls is in Jesus.
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
A yoke is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plough or cart that they are to pull. To the Pharisees, their yoke was the law.
What yoke have you placed on yourself? What unrealistic expectations have you given yourself? Do you have too much on your plate? Do you need to stop and revaluate your “To Do” list? Christ’s yoke is easy, His burden is light. He doesn’t put unrealistic expectations on us.
He is calling us to serve, but we work and serve in the strength which ‘he gives. He is there beside us pulling the weight.
“There was an old farmer plowing with a team of oxen. As I saw this team I was somewhat amazed, for one was a huge ox and the other a very small bullock. That ox towered over the little bullock that was sharing the work with him. I was amazed and perplexed to see a farmer trying to plow with two such unequal animals in the yoke and commented on the inequality to the man with whom I was riding. He stopped his car and said, ‘I want you to notice something. See the way those traces are hooked to the yoke? You will observe that the large ox is pulling all the weight. That little bullock is being broken into the yoke but he is not actually pulling any weight.’ My mind instinctively came to this passage of Scripture where our Lord said, “Take my yoke upon you, learn of me; for I am …” In the normal yoking the load is equally distributed between the two that are yoked together, but when we are yoked with Jesus Christ, He bears the load and we who are yoked to Him share in the joy and the accomplishment of the labor but without the burden of the yoke.”
We need to keep in mind, Christ is not asking us to necessarily rest from the work (although at times this is necessary), but rather we are to rest in the work, because He is giving us the strength to do the work.
The only time it becomes overbearing is when we try to take over and pull the load ourselves. We look at the yoke and feel its too big for us, its too much. When in reality it was designed perfectly for us and designed to make us more like Him.
“Worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended for us to bear.”
What a Friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
Oh what peace we often forfeit
Oh what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer*
Resting in God is reflected in your responses. What kind of example are you giving to your children?
We encourage mums in a geographical area to gather together and build relationship and support with each other. If you meet monthly you may find these reflective questions helpful to guide your discussion.
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