Rest For Your Soul

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The Weary Can Come

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Do any of you feel weary?  Are any of you burdened? Are you tired?  Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Frazzled? A hot mess?

Join the club.

Truth be told, I am too.

I have been meaning to sit down and write for weeks now, but classes have started back up, kids are back in school and my life is hectic, to say the least.  Each day I plan out my day, leaving time in the evenings for writing.  And each evening I look at my computer, sigh and tell myself, “I’m just too tired.  I need to rest for a minute first,” I don’t open my Bible because that takes too much mental power, so I turn on the TV or open a novel and my computer sits silent and my Bible stays closed.  I don’t write at all.  And I go to bed still feeling tired and like I let Jesus down.

Then today it hit me, like a punch up side the head (I am beginning to think God just might be a boxer), this verse from Matthew. I haven’t let Jesus down because I am weary or tired, He expects life to be wearisome.  He KNOWS we will be weary.  He knows we will be tired and overcommitted.  I haven’t let Him down because I feel burdened, He KNOWS life will be burdensome and stressful.  The fact that most of the time I am a hot mess does not disappoint Him!

 But I do let Him down when I don’t turn to Him for rest.  He said it as plainly as He could “I will give you rest.”  Yet somewhere along the lines I got it in my head that Jesus is work.  That loving Him is hard and stressful and demanding.  And I would be so much better off “resting” with a ridiculous sitcom or some raunchy reality TV.  He told us that when we get overwhelmed, and we will get overwhelmed, that we should go to Him and we would find rest and peace, not work or demands.

In fact, He was quite clear about this. He goes on in Matthew 11:29-30 to say that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  A little ancient Jewish history real quick…  the Greek word for “yoke” here is zygos which means “to load down with obligations.” You might be thinking oxen here, but that’s just one use of the term.   In Jesus day each Rabbi, or Jewish leader, had their own set of “rules” or “obligations”, the parts of the law that they specifically emphasized, that they felt were the “important” ones to follow, these were known as their “yokes”.  Some yokes or “load of obligations” that some of the Rabbis laid out were really quite laborious, nearly impossible to complete, burdensome, you could say.   But Jesus in the eleventh chapter of Matthew tells His followers that HIS yoke is easy, the burden HE puts on them is light.  He tells us that He is gentle in spirit and in Him you can find rest for your soul.  Doesn’t the very idea of that make you breathe easier?  Doesn’t it sound like absolute heaven?  Rest for my soul!  Really?  Such a thing exists?  Because I have never found that in any show I have ever watched or any novel or self help book I have read.

The truth is, those things will never bring me the rest, the peace or the calm my soul needs.  They just won’t.  Yes, they are mindless, you might (might) even be able to convince me they are harmless.  Certainly they are entertaining, and I am not trying to make you feel guilty for anything you like to watch, but you should know, that is not where you will find rest for your soul.

There is only one place you will ever find that.


  1. Monique says

    Tami, the whole time I was reading this, it sounded so much like myself. Earlier this morning I was just thinking about how distant I feel from God and how hard it is getting back to stable grounds. Then I stumble across your blog and you were speaking my life right now.
    I was feeling so distant from God because life can be so fast pace and there feels like no down time that I end up putting God on the back burner. So sad how we put the things we love most on the sidelines.
    Thank you for blogging and sharing your thoughts. You have really helped me and I already feel closer to God. We need him always for rest. I pray we all get better at going to him.
    I noticed whenever I needed someone to talk to I always would call a friend or family member and recently God would make it where no one would answer and it would make me so angry and feel so sad. But after reading this oil understand why it’s so important for me to chose him. No one will fill me or help me the way God will. Thank you so much.

    • Tami Lundgreen says

      Monique – I am SO thankful this post spoke to you! There is comfort in knowing we are not alone in this struggle. Isn’t it amazing how at times God will orchestrate our lives so all we have is him (i.e. no one answering their phone!). Rest in Him!!

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