We are grateful that we arrived last Monday, which means we were able to attend a gathering this weekend. Lots of new friends. We were able to learn about spiritual retreats and keeping company with Jesus amid the daily grind. A few reflections:
Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 “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. 29 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. 30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (The Message)
I think this phrasing from the Gospel of Matthew is really helpful for people like me who are trying to work hard, be productive, and please God. Jesus invites us to a restful relationship with Him. Even though Jesus lived a life of suffering and service, He was never overwhelmed because of the relationship He had with the Father in Heaven.
A good question to check the health of your relationship with Jesus: Jesus promises that His burden is light; is your burden light right now? If not, what might you be carrying that God doesn’t intend for you to carry? Or how might you be carrying things in a manner that doesn’t fit the way God has designed you?
Is my life marked by peace and gratitude, or am I waiting for this next frustration, difficulty, or time of pain to leave before I can have the light and easy load Jesus has promised me? I’ve learned this weekend that “blessings” are not the root of a thankful, carefree heart. Delighting in God and having peace that He really is satisfied with me because of Jesus- that is is how I can live with gratitude.
Recommended resource: Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun