Come and Rest

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Are you at the end of you? Do you experience weariness or burnout? Do you think your burdens are too much to carry? Then help is on the way. I have been tired and worn out. Nothing I did made things better, no matter how hard I worked. I wanted to give up and even told God I didn’t want to go on anymore.

He was there that dark night of my despair. He heard my cries for help. I’ve learned that our God is amazing. He never sleeps or slumbers. He is available in the dark of night or the light of day.

My favorite Scripture verse for times I feel tired and weary is Matthew 11:28-29: “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.”

Imagine the Lord saying to you when you’re tired and weary, “Come and rest.” It can refresh your soul. I used to feel guilty for resting, but it was like I ran into the arms of Jesus when I took the words, “Come and rest” to heart. Imagine being yoked with the gentleness and humbleness of God. Yes, gentleness–not judgmental; humbleness–not condescending. Oxen are yoked together to make the work easier. Being yoked with God will make our work easier too, because He says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” He is stronger than anything we face. He can help us through our anxiety and despair.


As Christ’s followers, it has occurred to me that we could be Christ to others as we let His love and mercy flow through us. We could show love and compassion as Jesus does. We could be gentle and helpful as He is, and make others’ work easier. So where do we sign up? Where do we find those in need of love or mercy or gentleness? Well, when we pray for God to show us opportunities, He will open our eyes to those in need.


Lord Jesus, show us opportunities to reach out to those who need your love and mercy. Help us to be flexible with our time and to allow interruptions to our day. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.