“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
I don’t know how I got here. I’m not sure how I arrived at this place. Can you be more a little more specific. You know exactly what I am saying. You know what I don’t even have the words to express. Yes, I do. I’m not asking you to say more so that I will understand. I’m asking you to be more specific so you will understand. Oh, I see. Then, I will say more. I’m weary. I’m worn out. I’m depleted and exhausted. I feel like I can go no further. I can’t take another step. If someone asks anything else of me, I think I’ll scream. Maybe that’s part of the problem. What’s that? You have been saying yes to too many things. You have been running yourself ragged. You have wanted to say yes to doing a thousand different good things. In saying yes to too many things, I have done nothing well. In saying yes to too many things, I have not done the most important things. My life has been random and scattered and unfocused. I have no direction. I have lost purpose. Now, I’ m feeling paralyzed by what has been left undone. That’s a problem. That is a heavy weight. It is easy to see why you are weary and worn out.
What do you want to do differently? What is most important to you? I want my life to be centered on you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to draw near to you as you draw near to me. I would like to receive guidance and direction from you. I would like to receive purpose and meaning and hope from you. I would like my life to have a rhythm and balance that comes from you. What would that rhythm and balance look like? I’m not sure. You don’t need to be sure. Just tell me what is the desire of your heart. I want to rest in you. I want to be refreshed by you. I want to be vibrant and alive in you. I want to be filled with joy that comes from you. I want thankfulness to overflow my life. I want to be energized by you. I want my life to overflow with all that you have given me so that I have boldness and power and vigor and energy in going out in the world to serve you. I want you to empower my life so that I can be effective in accomplishing whatever you ask me to go and do for you. You are on the right track. How so? Your life Is in need of balance. You need to rest in me so that you can be sent out by me. You need to receive power from me so that you can bear fruit for me. Will you come and rest in my presence? Will you allow me to fill you up so that you will have my power working in and through you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have allowed myself to become weary. I have allowed myself to function on my own energy and strength. I have been running hard without rest. Help me to come to rest in your presence. Revive, refresh and restore my soul so I can vibrantly serve you. Amen
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