Writing/edits, family, and a health concern have me scrambling to keep lots of balls in the air at once. So I decided to dip into my journals for something to share with readers today. This post was particularly a good reminder for me as I face some medical tests next week and wait for the results. I hope it encourages some of you as well.
Now when John in prison heard about the activities of Christ, he sent a message by his disciples And asked Him, Are You the One Who was to come, or should we keep on expecting a different one? (Matt 11:2-3, AMP)
This passage has always been a reminder to me of how I need to keep my eyes on Jesus, especially in my times of trial and testing and pain and aloneness. John the Baptist had seen the heavens open and the Spirit descend like a dove upon Jesus. He'd heard God's voice declare Jesus as His Son. And yet, after he was in jail (alone, discouraged, hungry, frightened), he lost confidence in the things he'd seen and heard. He wanted confirmation. He doubted himself and perhaps even God.
Jesus didn't upbraid him for that. He simply said, Tell John what you've seen.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ( relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good — not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. (Matt 11:28-30, AMP)
What a promise! Relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet for my soul by being yoked with Jesus. And His yoke is useful, good, not harsh but comfortable, gracious and pleasant.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.