Let the boulder pass you by: Lessons from Matthew 11:28-30

When the demands of life, the pressures of to do lists longer than Santa’s wish list along with the expectations of others and self seem to be a boulder about to flatten you, rather than try to out run the thing, step aside, let it pass and reassess.

That’s easy to type.

Actually very easy to type. But living it out is much more difficult. Matthew speaks to an invitation once given by Jesus. Jesus calls, 28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

He invites us to step aside with Him and reassess. An invitation to no longer attempt to outrun the pressure and hear the invitation of Jesus to come to Him. It is up to us to respond to the invitation. As we choose to get out of the way, we have to be okay with the consequences of the boulder out running us. That is the first thing we’ll have to address once we gain our composure.

All too often we believe if we can just keep ahead, all will be well and we then carry with us a false sense of security and purpose. “My purpose is to just keep going.  If I keep going things won’t fall apart.” Have you had these thoughts? At the same time there is absolutely no comfort in trying to outrun the boulder, for at any moment that boulder could run you or I over… FLAT.

Do this with me. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and picture the boulder of your life chasing you. Ask yourself, what keeps you running? What about the invitation to step aside causes fear or anxiety? Do you fear that if you step aside all will fall apart? Do you fear you will loose the respect of others? Do you know that nothing will get accomplished and that you’ll fail those around you? Do you wonder what on earth you’d do if you’d step aside, I mean, there’d be no list running you down or people expecting anything from you? That can be a scary place.

The answer to these questions reveal something about what you and I choose to use as our yoke as well as what we choose to rest in. Over the remainder of the week, we’ll walk through the invitation of Jesus, to Come to Me, step aside and be with Me.

Are you ready? What keeps you running? What fear do you have about stepping aside?

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