Wednesday, August 28, 2019
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.” [Matthew 11:29]
I find rest for my soul amidst the natural world, whether I am in the canyons of Lake Powell, the hills of Crafton, or sitting by the pond in my backyard. Seeing my life connected to a larger whole has a way of opening my soul to the something more I call God. Jesus says to his disciples, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” Jesus spent time alone, apart, outside of villages and towns to commune with God, to reconnect to the beloved son he knew himself to be. What might we learn from Jesus given our cultural context of incessant noise and seemingly endless, senseless violence? How might you take on Jesus’ yoke and reconnect with your own belovedness? How might you find rest for your weary and burdened soul? The pattern of Jesus’ life gives us a glimpse of how we might smooth out our days even in the midst of the chaos around us. What will your pattern be for finding rest for your soul?
Loving God, you call us your beloved sons and daughters, yet we forget to learn from your beloved son, Jesus. Help me to learn from the wisdom of Jesus, the one who set aside time to commune with you. Help me to find rest for my soul, so that I may be gentle and humble in heart with myself and with others. Amen.