Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

 

Jesus is recognizing the fact that people work hard. The labor of working and of relating and of just living can be exhausting. God understands that this world can be a very harsh place, for stress, strain, fear, loneliness, and grief are too frequently singing the song that accompanies our days. He wants us to learn to turn away from those voices and to open our hearts to His.

 

The Lord owns all of the resources that we will ever require to make it through the day, and He shares them with the sort of open hands that we will not find anyplace else. There is nothing that we can need that is beyond His capability, outside of His grasp, or uninteresting to God. Stated very simply, He wants to take on the heavy, hard, and disabling aspects of living so that we are free to live joyously in His presence.

 

The one thing that God asks of us here is that we come to Him. The Lord wants us to realize that we would be so much better off if we would turn toward Him, give up our own weary efforts to handle it all, and let His mighty hands lift the weight off of our backs. Jesus promises that we will receive much more than just respite from the tiredness. For Christ gives to us the clarity of thought, the restoration of strength, and the vitalization of purpose that come from our intimate engagement with the spirit of God. In turning to Him, we move deeper into the life changing relationship with God that is the center of being joyously alive through and despite of whatever comes our way in this life.