“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
When the sun set on the Sabbath a law abiding Hebrew was not allowed to carry a burden or walk more than about 2/3 of a mile. Yet the Messiah carried a heavy burden- his own cross on the way to his death. And once there on the cross, He carried the heaviest burden of all, the sins of the whole world. He carried my sins and yours. The ones we have been forgiven for, the ones we need to confess, the ones we have yet to commit.
It is only when I conffess and take the burden of my sins off my shoulders that I can find rest. Then I can hear His word clearly and feel His Spirit within me. Like a balloon, the weight is gone and I can be free to soar, to float high and light above the cares of this world. I gain a new perspective because my sin is no longer on His shoulders, I am – ridng like a child who is free and protected in love.
Dear Lord, forgive me for trying to carry the world on my own shoulders and not giving my burdens to you. They have wearied me and I need rest. Help me release them so I can be free – free of sin, free of worry and free to do Your will. Let me soar above the everyday trials and responsibilities I will face today and see them from a new perspective- up high on your shoulders, free and loved. Amen.