Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.
(I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.)
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
Matthew 11:28,29 (the Message version)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
This picture is so beautiful. It represents how I felt much of the weekend. Not that I was submitted at His feet all weekend, I was not, but I was weary, and I felt his hand on my head. Gentle, firm, reassuring, present. Ever-present.
Why do I lift my head and turn the other way, looking in expectation at those who cannot take my burdens? As I turn back and rest, His hand is still there, reminding me that “He will never leave me, or forsake me.” Reminding me that He gets it–He gets me– more than anyone else could, more than I even think I do.