Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
We all go through seasons of weariness. We don’t always see the outcome we desire. Things don’t go always the way we expected. Sometimes, we’ve done all that we know how to do, and now we have no idea how to proceed from this point on. Jesus knew that people would experience weariness, so He gave us all an invitation!
The seasons of weariness are moments that God uses to shape deeper character in us. He is uprooting ungodly expectations, removing the rocks of self-confidence, and softening our ego. Those who have formulaic answers to others’ problems, realize that it’s not as simple. Sometimes, the weariness is not due to sin, neglect, or even mistakes. People are not doing something wrong nor God is not necessarily mad at them. We can’t measure the approval of God by how well things are going our way. The only measure of the approval of God is His peace and the assurance that He gives us by His Spirit and through His word. If we rely on circumstances, we will have a rollercoaster relationship with God and others.
At times, God uses the situations in life to show us how well we have matured. When we are weary, do we still get temperamental? When we feel burdened and exhausted, do we take it out on our loved ones? When we don’t have answers, do we get insecure and jealous? When we are not getting our way, do we pout or go on a shopping spree to make ourselves feel better? It’s interesting that even when we are weary, most of us desire action more than rest. Weariness should cause us to change course and be willing to do it differently that we have done before. Jesus offers us rest for our souls!
Weariness takes us through a process of transformation. Are we willing to remain quiet before God and let Him have His way with us? We’re not sure what God is doing, but we know who God is and that’s good enough for us. We don’t need to explain, defend, or debate it with anyone. When we lay down our understanding of things, we become lighter in our burdens. We learn to come under the yoke of Christ and go with Him wherever He takes us. If it takes too long, we are still with Him. We are content and safe in His presence.
Life is much more enjoyable when we don’t have to carry the burden of expectation and understanding. When we relinquish our control to understand or explain God, we live a child-like faith. When we are not worried about being forgotten due to not performing, we are being delivered to a new level. When we decide that we have nothing to prove, we enter a new dimension of freedom for we have learned from the humility and gentleness of Jesus!
Today if you are weary, mediate on the above scripture. Whenever you feel frustrated, confused, or insecure, remind yourself of the above scripture and remain under His yoke. The good news is that when you are yoked with Him, you’re remaining very close to Him. One day you’ll look back at this time, and you’ll miss the intimacy and closeness of this season.