28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, ESV
The idea of yoking up with Jesus is awesome. Because it means that every storm, every valley, every hill or mountain — He is the one who is going to make those decisions about which way to proceed. Around the mountain? Through the valley? All that. He is the navigator. He’s got this.
The problem with yoking up with Jesus is my brain. It moves fast. It hurtles at lightning speed through all sorts of scenarios, should-bes, and could-haves. In all of my trying to figure out what He is leading me to do, I miss the cues that He is giving me.
When my students are here — I am dialed in to my Savior’s presence. He is the voice knows how to encourage them, and inspire them. When my students are here, all is good. It’s when they aren’t here, and I feel the weight of everything that I voluntarily signed on for this year threatening to overtake me. But in the midst of the chaos, a bright thought comes to mind. A sense of direction. Something to do. I grab hold to that idea like an anchor, and soon I am back to earth, and resting in the light yoke of my Savior.
Because it is because of Him that I can move, and function, and breathe – - and still absolutely love my job even more than I did twelve years ago when I first began. And I believe that His plan for me involves this job, this region, my family, my health . . . and I believe that His plan is for my good . . . so I will be continuing along the path that He leads me — trying to stop my brain from getting too far ahead, or too wrapped up in what-ifs. Because my right now is all that I truly have power over. I don’t want to miss any more cues because I am wrapped up in worries.
Have you experienced our Savior’s amazing rest? I pray that for you today, my dear friends!