Recently, I began memorizing the above Scripture. It was apropos for my life; it was needed. I’ve been burnt out. I’ve been tired. Thus, the infrequency of my blog posts.
However, as beautiful as Matt. 11:28-30 is in the Message version as stated above, I memorized it in a different translation. And as I did, something jumped out at me that I had never noticed before:
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.”
Matt. 11:28-30, NASB
The thing that I love about memorizing Scripture is not just that I’ll have more verses in my back pocket, but the actual process of ruminating on it over and over again. More often than not, God reveals little nuggets of truth that I might not have seen otherwise. Such was the case with this verse, for sandwiched between “learn from me” and “you will find rest,” lie eight words that changed my life:
… for I am gentle and humble in heart…
It was as if Jesus was saying,
Do you want to find rest, Sherri? Here’s what I want you to do: be gentle. With yourself. With others. Be sweet, mild and calm; even amongst the chaos. Learn from Me.
And be humble. When you’re proud, it only causes anxiety because you think you’re in control–or you want to be. You cannot be critical of others, hold onto anger, or be jealous and have peace. Pride and rest cannot coexist. Learn from Me.
Up until now, the part of this verse I always focused on was “Come to Me.” I assumed that if I just came to God with the things that were stressing me out, I could hand them over and I’d stop being stressed. But no sooner would I dump them on Him that I’d be back to freaking out again!
Jesus didn’t stop at Come to me, learn from Me. He went on. He showed me what I was to learn. Gentleness. Humility. He’s showing you too.
When I began to let these traits of Jesus guide me, be my yoke, I began to really relax. Try it. It’s hard to be gentle in spirit, tone, and attitude and be stressed. It’s very calming to be clothed in humility.
Aren’t you thankful we have such a practical God who’s eager to teach us
how to really live? Praying we find true life and rest for our souls as we follow His example!