A Beautiful Exchange
Read: Matthew 11:28-30 & Isaiah 40:28-31 & Psalm 62
Sometimes, it is just plain difficult to be single. Regardless of the circumstances that might have put us there—whether it was divorce, death, heartbreak or just a prolonged season of waiting—we are sometimes consumed with the weariness of facing this life alone. And some days, the weight of that weariness feels too heavy to even pick up and place at Jesus' feet.
It’s in those moments that we have the most important decision to make. Will we let the weight of the weariness settle in and cripple us with bitterness and impatience? Or, will we fall at Jesus’ feet and let Him trade us His yoke for ours?
Jesus makes us this offer in Matthew 11:28-30 when He says, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Unfortunately, when He uses the words “easy” and “light,” He is not necessarily offering us different circumstances. Instead, His offer is to take the heaviness of the yoke that weighs us down with inadequacy and loneliness. He wants to replace it with His yoke, which is much lighter and filled with joy, peace, and hope. His yoke will relieve us of our weariness, because it will allow our souls to find rest and allow us to take a deep, refreshing breath. His yoke will lead us to find purpose in our season of singleness and to find out how amazing His love is for us. That sounds like a pretty good exchange to me!