Ready or not, the reset button has been pushed and a new year has begun!!
As I mentioned yesterday, last year began with a renewed focus on God. I realized very quickly that after all my years as a Christian, there were things I said I believed in the bible that had no real impact on my life, there was no evidence in my everyday world that this marvelous thing God said was true. So I began studying (again) scriptures that I wanted to be true in my life and I asked God to teach me what they really meant and to show me how to live them out.
One of the very first scriptures was Matthew 11:28-30:
“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 and humble in heart, and you will find rest – relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet – for your souls. 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.”
Relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet for my soul? Can this really be possible on an everyday basis? I want that!! So Jesus said “learn of Me” – learn how He did it. The very reason He came to earth was to show us how to really live – how to live “in” this world, but not be “of” the world. To live differently. So much so, that when others see our lives they want what we have.
A key word in the above passage is Take. We have to take this yoke. What does a yoke do? Guides and directs in the right way. And He said His yoke was comfortable, gracious and pleasant! He wants to lead and guide us into this rest, but we must submit to the yoke. He won’t force it on us. But why do we resist if we believe He is true to His word? Because we really haven’t believed it would be comfortable or pleasant to do it His way.
“…those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the Holy Spirit” Romans 8:5
I get to choose every day what I set my mind on. What I look at, what I think about, what I listen to. If I’ll look at, think about, and listen to Him, I find myself in that place of rest – blessed quiet in my soul – no matter what circumstances I find myself in. Many days my mind wanders and I find myself thinking about and looking at situations that are out of my control. This rarely brings rest.
So now when I find my soul is disturbed, I re-set my mind on Him. And He is faithful to His word every time. I am learning to live in this blessed quiet more and more. Ahhhhhh……truly a happy new year ahead……