Lifelines April 19, 2020

It is a different kind of tired, fatigue that goes way beyond the muscles.  It isn’t even just a worn-out mind from heavy thinking.  No, it is something else that is hard to put our finger on.  It is deep down inside, and a good night’s sleep doesn’t resolve it.  It is buried far beneath the surface and affects us in the worst ways.  It is a weary soul. 

We drag from one assignment to the next.  Or to no assignments.  Thoughts of the Lord aren’t just on the back burner; they’ve been taken off the stove.  Jobs are in limbo.  Economic concerns hover everywhere.  That stupid virus has the entire planet turned upside down.  Worries about the family.  Our friends.  Our responsibilities.  We hide behind masks and locked doors.  Locked down, weighed down and worn out.  Relief?  Maybe tomorrow or next week or next month or… The uncertainty frays the stoutest nerves.  And we find ourselves just plain tired.

“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”  An invitation from a compassionate and insightful Savior that bypassed the religious establishment.  “Come to Me.”  The power-brokers had piled up responsibilities.  Jesus offers not additional burdens but rest.  It is a response to Him.  He knows better than anyone that this world is a troublesome place.  He has massive shoulders and endless resources.  Seek Him.  That is where we find 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 (Matthew 11:29).”  The Son of God wants to share our burdens.  He will teach us if we will just learn.  He had a different manner that originated in a unique heart.  The stresses and strains that wear us out find resolution through a transformation within, where only He can reach.  It isn’t a cessation from manual labor.  Not exhaustion of the body and mind.  It is much more significant than that.  It is rest at our very core.  You will find rest for your SOULS. 

“Learn from Me…” Welcome to the Lord’s classroom.  He experienced more than any of us ever will.  We are in a worldly catastrophe with the pandemic.  He was in an eternal spiritual confrontation.  The virus runs rampant. Sin makes the corona mess look like a hiccup.  Our temporary bodies are threatened by illness.  Our eternal souls are destroyed by sin.  Crisis?  Yes, He knows crisis and offers rest.     Centuries ago, the Israelites were liberated from Egypt as you and I have been freed from sin.  God had a place of rest for them, and most of them missed it.  Hundreds of thousands fell on the journey.  Why?  Read Hebrews 3:7-4:7, and you’ll see it.  Disobedience prompted by deficient faith which originated in a heart issue.  The Lord told us for a reason.  “Learn from Me…”