“Come to me all who are weary and who carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 – NIV)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” (Matthew 11:28 – Message)
This is for the weary ones, the ones who sometimes feel like they can’t go on. You feel trapped by constant demands – your kids, your spouse, your job, and even at times your friends. Everyone needs you and they need you now.
Day and night, it never ends. You burn the midnight oil feeding a baby whose hunger has no limits. The alarm rings all too soon. You stumble down the stairs, bleary-eyed, to get breakfast on the table for the family. The rest of the day is a whirlwind. The laundry never ends. The dishes never end. The dusting, the mopping, the scrubbing – they too are endless. If you turn your back for an instant, sticky fingers are making crayon art on the walls. Every toy you put away ends up right back on the floor. You are weary to the bone.
You lock yourself in the bathroom to get a moment to yourself. You’ve not been gone a minute before you hear a panicked little voice shouting, “Mommy! Mommy! Where are you?” Tiny fists start pounding on the door.
Sometimes you want to run away. But you can’t. Your heartstrings are inextricably tied to those demanding little faces. Everything you do, you do out of love. But oh how you wish you could have a moment of rest!
Jesus says, “Come.”
There is a place of freedom that beckons. In His presence is fullness of joy. There is hope and peace in the midst of the storm. Jesus wants to take your burdens – not just the big ones, but the little everyday things that accumulate and weigh you down. You don’t need to do this alone. He wants to be your strength.
“Come away with me,” says the Saviour. “Come away and I’ll give you rest.”
So take a deep breath. Put on some music. Close your eyes. Lift your hands and begin to worship. And then watch as His presence begins to fill your home. Let Him pour His grace over you. His grace is sufficient for all your needs. He’s all you need. It’s enough.
“All who are weary, come. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life.”