For the past two months, I have had Matthew 11:28-30 constantly on my heart.
“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest…For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
For the past two months, I kept coming to Him so heavily burdened. And I would say to Jesus, “My Lord, I do not understand. I feel so heavily burdened. I do not understand how your burden is light.” And He would love me in that. I would just sit with Him and let Him love me and wrestle with His promises.
Then, just a week or so ago, I got a call from a woman who is a dear friend to my heart and a true disciple. She is beautiful and always inspires me to TRUST Him and wade deeper into His grace-filled ocean. Since before I even knew Jesus, she spoke truth into my heart that it couldn’t even understand. Her phone call came at the perfect time. She asked if she could share a scripture passage that had been shared with her recently. Before she even began to read, I asked her if it was from Matthew 11:28-30. Of course, it was. The Holy Spirit works in ways we may never truly understand.
She read to me Matthew 11:28-30 from the version of the Bible called The Message…
“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. 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. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
“Learn the unforced rhythms of grace…” How beautiful! My soul already longed to hear this. Over the past couple of days, I have sat with this scripture, pondering it and savouring it like chocolate melting slowly on my tongue. I couldn’t get enough. He just kept pouring out His love on me.
I share this all with you because next weekend, I will be entering into my first silent retreat. For five blissful and slightly scary days, I will be entering silence or the ‘poustinia’ as Catherine Doherty would say. It is akin to sneaking out the window and escaping for a little bit with Him. And as I prepare for this, I hear Jesus asking me, “Are you tired? Come away with me. Watch how I do it. Find REAL rest for your soul.”
I’m excited and terrified of this silence so please pray for me! But I also wanted to extend the invite and encourage you to take this same retreat away from the busyness. Whatever you can take – take five minutes, an hour, a day, 24 hours, 5 days, or more to rest in Him. He is just waiting for us and we are so content to keep walking around carrying enormous loads. If your life is crazy right now, all the more reason to take some time away! He won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on us. “Come away with me,” He says, “Sneak out the back window.”
Here are a couple songs on my heart for you to lay your burdens down to…