I love rising early to watch the sunrise and read my Bible. God is faithful every morning in granting us another day. As if He is providing music along with all His other blessings, I hear a dove’s call from the giant tree next to the house.
I open my Bible. In Matthew 11, toward the end of the chapter, Jesus is talking and teaching in the town of Galilee to any who would give Him ear. “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.”
The citizens of Galilee, the ones who had ears to hear, must’ve been comforted by those words. Then I wondered what was going through Jesus’ mind as he spoke to them. Did He speak the message as if projecting it across the centuries, knowing that people these days who had ears to hear would also be listening to those words? I can’t help but imagine that He did.
These words are for me! And you! A thrilling thought. I don’t have to strive to be successful in God’s Kingdom but can rest in Him. How does that translate into my work as a writer? Many times I allow anxious feelings to dominate me. Are my skills improving? Is my novel ready for a publisher or agent? Rest. Jesus’ yoke is light. Halleluiah.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” 11Corinthians 12:9
Dear Lord, Help us each day to trust in You, to rest in Your mighty power. Help us to realize it’s not about us but about You. Amen.