Mary was almost crazy with her three young kids. She complained to her best friend Judy, "They're driving me nuts! They give me no rest! I'm half way to the funny farm!" "What you need," said Judy, "is a playpen." So Mary bought a playpen. A few days later, Judy called to ask how things were going. "Wonderful! I can't believe it," Mary said. "I get in that pen with a good book and a chocolate bar, and the kids don't bother me for hours!"
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The holidays can be exhausting, so where do you turn for rest and peace? Life can be exhausting! So, where do you turn for peace? We can try to avoid some of the things that cause stress in our lives, but is that always the answer? Is it ever? Most of us cannot afford to escape everything that causes us to stress, but we can answer the call: “Come to ME.” That’s what Jesus said. He didn’t say, “Go to the self-help section,” though there is so much good there. He didn’t say, “Go to the philosopher,” though the love of wisdom is not a bad thing. He sure didn’t say, “Go to the bar, or to the movie, or shopping, or to the fridge.” He said, “Come to Me.” He can give us rest and His yoke is not a burden, but a blessing. His yoke builds us up and gives us peace. His yoke keeps us connected to Him where we find direction and grace. The invitation is there, what a way to begin the new year. Happy New Year!