The snow has fallen many times this winter. We’ve had four winter storms in just over four weeks — not little storms, but large snowfalls exceeding 8inches at a pop. And with it? Dark skies. Overcast.
Where is the sun?
The sun has become lost in a blanket of clouds — to the point where my little Elijah wonders if it’s truly morning. This lack of sunshine wears me out.
Where is the light?
There are seasons in life where everything is dark and dismal. Perhaps it’s finances, or health, relationships, or just the daily grind of life. Here there back and forth move move move. It is difficult in the midst of trials to look beyond the present reality and set of circumstances. Society and human nature can apply pressures to our lives at an unrelenting pace so that after awhile the future seems to be tainted a dismal and cloudy gray.
In the NIV I believe labor is replaced with the word – weary. Oh, how true those words of Jesus are for us today. Especially now at Christmas time we can seem to labor endlessly — dishes, laundry, phone-calls, email, cleaning, driving, teaching, cooking, preparing, and on and on and on. Our work doesn’t cease when the skies of life become overcast, no…we simply press forward. And yet, after awhile, if we only wear the yoke of the world we’ll burn out. I’ve done it. So many times. I was simply wearing the wrong yoke and “too busy” to replace it with the light yoke. Or I was too full of my own pride that I didn’t want to let go…
Jesus tells us to come to Him. In Him is true rest. I always chuckle when I think about a yoke being called easy. When is it easy to be constrained? But, when I read these words I don’t picture life with Jesus being constrained…rather in yoking myself to my Savior I know there is real freedom even in the midst of overcast and weary days.
Who knows when the skies here will finally part and the sun will shine? I know it’s under there, waiting to shine. I have faith that there will be sun again. I also have faith that our Savior is always there, wanting us to release our fears and anxieties to Him and that He will give rest. A rest that cannot be found in self or in this world, but a rest that is sweet and peaceful…in any weather…in any season.
Yes! If we will just look we will see the sunshine in everything.
Oh yes, sweet and peaceful rest- only found in our Savior!
28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The NRSV uses the word weary! It’s like wearing a yoke made for one instead of the yoke made for two that includes me being yoked with Jesus. Working together! Thanks Rachel.
Oh, after our two blizzards last year, I don’t EVER want to see snow again (and I mean it! 🙂
Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I haven’t been following you that long, so I had never heard Samuel’s story. I just went back and read it…WOW! Good for you and your intuition!! Thank you for your prayers for Mia! 🙂
Have a great day! 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and yours
Rachel. May your new year be filled
with joy and peace.
Loved your words today.
Another beautiful and inspiring post! Blessings to you and your precious family!
Great post. I’ve recently stumbled across your blog and love it! Your post are an inspiration. I love the song that goes with these verses.
this will make the spring all the more sweet. : ) another reminder to find contentment only in Christ – because he doesn’t change! the weather changes, the storms come, life gets hard, but Jesus remains! what hope we have! thanks for this beautiful reminder.
He is my rock and my fortress. I shall not be moved. As the world races around me and circumstances try to get my focus off of what truly matters, I am standing firm, reflecting on His promises. So thankful that He gives me rest!
I heard it once said that BUSY stands for “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.” How he so deceitfully tricks us to think that being busy is better when eventually we are so busy that our time with God is replaced with stuff and things to do. I love how God says in 1 Peter…Cast your cares on me, for I care for you.”
Yes, we can have rest and peace in the storm, in the dark clouds for behind every dark cloud, the sun is there. It never leaves.
Thank you for this post. And may God bring forth the Son so brilliantly today and make that white snow glisten like diamonds.
Wishing you a wonderful, restful and beautiful Christmas.
Much love in Christ,