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graphic: Martha G. Brady

graphic: Martha G. Brady

 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.  

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,

for I am gentle and lowly in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.  

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

This is the verse that came to mind when I heard the prompt today. This passage from GOD’s Word became precious a few years back…many years…the 1980’s. During that crazy time of life when you are driving kids to lessons, school, and events of all kinds…to say nothing of church activities too.

In the middle of all this craziness, I was in a car accident!

In the middle of all that craziness, I was in a car accident. Not really hurt badly…hit from the rear. But my neck was flipped around quite a bit. As time went by, my jaw seemed to have more and more pain along with stress headaches and tight muscles in my neck and shoulders.

Driving was miserable! We lived in Miami, FL at the time and not driving was not an option! Everything was spread out. 20 minutes here, 30 minutes there and we lived 45 minutes from the church Ron served the last four years we were there.  The drive to my home health patients was usually to Miami Beach.  A beautiful drive past the cruise ships, but 45 minutes to an hour one way.                     stop

As my doctor worked down the list of solutions to my pain during that period. This passage became familiar to me.

Martha, don’t take up burdens I haven’t given you to carry. You are trying to carry burdens that you aren’t meant to carry. They are for my shoulders alone!

It took a long time for that to sink in. I was so used to carrying loads I wasn’t supposed to be carrying. After the accident, my body couldn’t handle the stress of it all. The pain became too much.

Gradually, with physical therapy, orthodontics, relaxation training and counseling, I learned to find rest for my soul in the One who is gentle and lowly in heart.

I need to learn from the gentle and lowly One as I take on His yoke and wear it...finding rest for my soul! Click To Tweet

Learning from the One who is gentle and lowly

And isn’t that the key? He isn’t there balling us out for being weak or failing. He already knows what we are made of. He receives us when we are burdened down with love and tenderness. At times, the thought of His kindness brought me to tears!

That is the hopeful and encouraging part of this passage. I need to learn from the gentle and lowly One as I take on His yoke and wear it…finding rest for my soul!

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Click To Tweet