Today’s Gospel from Matthew 11 is a blessing. Jesus begins with gratitude: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth….” He continues with expressing the knowledge of His mission and then gives us this invitation: “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Now that sounds like something I sure would not want to pass up!
Some days we can feel like a lone tree battling against a storm. The prairies where I live have magnificent storms any time of year. The summer storms have always intrigued me–the flashes of lightning, the claps of thunder, and the intensity of the downpour mesmerize me. However the storms of life have a different effect. They can exhaust me rather than exhilarate me. This morning I am noticing more downed tree limbs and I hope that the struggles I go through allow me to bend rather than break.
Life is not horrible right now, but it is overly busy. I mostly struggle between choosing two goods. Today I met a friend who is in for a national conference and then ran around doing errands. It was a gorgeous day and so I feel as if I missed a chance to sit by a pool and rest. By the time I got home, I needed a nap. This week is going to fly by. There will be many old and new friends to greet and meet and lots to learn. I am excited but I believe I will have to yoke myself to Christ in order to get through this week and all that will be required as one of the planners. I will have to be on every day for seven days. I am tired just thinking about it. I am more of an introvert than most people know.
The image of a tree, rooted in Christ, with quiet waters flowing beside it, while the wind howls around it, storm clouds threatening brings peace. I will find rest for my soul but I must begin by giving thanks for all of it and remembering who I am in the midst of the busy pace.