“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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.” Matthew 11:28-30
These comforting words from Jesus I could just say again, and again, and again. In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s important that we take some time to reflect on these words from our Savior. It stands out to me that Jesus knows about all that we are carrying. Jesus knows we get weary from our heavy burdens. Jesus knows we need rest to replenish our spirit. Jesus knows that are many other places and things in this world we could seek out when we get weary or when we need rest. And I know that Jesus is the best thing, the best one, for us in this journey called life.
I am reminded of a Gospel song I like to listen to on one of my playlists. This song, “You’re the Best Thing that Ever Happened,” by Rev. James Cleveland proclaims these words:
“I've had my share of life's ups and downs
God's been good to me, and the downs have been few
I would guess you can say, God has blessed me
But there's never been a time in my life, he didn't bring me through
If anyone should ever write, my life story
For whatever reason there might be
You'd be there, between each line of pain and glory
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me!”
Those words almost preach themselves. In the midst of our burdens, and in the midst of all weariness, we have a Savior who continually invites us to come… Come rest with Jesus. Come lean on Jesus. Come give your pain to Jesus. Come share your joy with Jesus. Come live your life with Jesus by your side. Jesus will bring you through. Jesus is the best!