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Tuesday 19 November
God's muscles

 

Read Matthew 11:28–30
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
(verses 28–30)

In my local gym there is a section where you find the ones who are building up their muscle mass through lifting weights. When using the lighter weights they get on doing their routine on their own but when they’re pushing their muscles to the max and trying to push that extra ten kilos of weight or do five extra repetitions, they ask someone to ‘spot’ for them. The spotter stands right alongside the lifter, hands very close to or sometimes on the weights, ready to lift the weight with the tired lifter. How many of us sometimes struggle, like the weightlifters, with the deep-down weariness and exhaustion that comes with seemingly carrying the weight of the world on our own?

On retreats, people often come burdened by life’s events, thinking they have to sort it themselves and then they can be with God. The line of thought often goes, ‘God surely isn’t interested in my mortgage debt or that I’m struggling with my spouse or I find my work sucks the life out of me. I need to sort it myself.’ But when the person is encouraged to stop, to rest, to let God place hands alongside their own to do that heavy lifting for them, something shifts within. Jesus’ image of being yoked, of being placed alongside another to learn how to do the work, and to do it in a way that is not exhausting but restful, is a powerfully attractive one that speaks to worn-out hearts. And for you, now?

† Let me learn today from you, Lord, how to take up your yoke and let you give me rest. Amen