Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke fits perfectly and the burden I give you is light.” NLT
Vacation? What Vacation? Usually when the summer hits we find ourselves thinking about time off, however, for some in this economy, vacation is a thing of the past. Time off gets lost in the midst of bills, extra jobs, hours at work, or in the fear that if you took time off your job it might not be there when you get back. Often though the things we think will give us rest and relaxation causes us more frustration and ends up draining us.
Have you ever known anyone coming back from an expensive vacation that is more exhausted than when they left? Or they then proceed to tell you about all the problems on the trip? Or worse they had a huge blow up with their family? Mostly it is because they took ‘themselves’ with them on the trip!
Jesus tells that true rest doesn’t come from vacations in any form, true rest comes from Him, carrying His yoke. I love this scripture in the Amplified Version…
Matt 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer 6:16.]30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. AMP
Doesn’t verse 29 sound like the perfect vacation? You will find rest, relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet for your souls. That is the most fantastic getaway ad ever!
How do we get this? Not by packing a bag, driving or flying or sailing or swimming anywhere? Right where you are, right now you can choose to take His yoke upon you.
Well what does that mean? A yoke was used to link two things together, mostly with animals so that they would stay together and be more productive but doubling their strength. Jesus is making this invitation to us …”join Me and attach yourself to Me”. However, most of us find ourselves attached to so much other stuff that ends up mentally and physically draining us. Television, cell phones, computers, Twitter, Facebook, emails, the News, work …this list goes on and on. All things that can end up exhausting us and causing us to stay away from the true source of our rest and peace.
One of the greatest things our Pastor has asked us to do this year was to take ‘media fasts’, I can’t tell you the peace I have found during the times I chose to fast in this manner. Try it – it is initially one of the hardest, yet most peaceful things to do, but the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice.
So let me encourage you, whether or not vacation plans are part of your summer, be ‘yoked’ to Jesus every day and enjoy true rest, peace and relaxation where ever you are!
Let’s respond to Jesus’ vacations plan…
Mark 6:31b, …”Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” NIV