Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
— Matthew 11:28 NKJV
In the world of “good vibes only”, we are sometimes unaware that the “positive” attitude can be a rash belittling or ignoring of ones’ emotional state. Now whether you are a person practicing your faith or not, the verse above may already be familiar with you. If not, I hope you find the words warm enough to hug you and pull you through one more night.
[Come to Me]Christ’s expression of how much He values intimacy is so deeply knitted to some of His words to the point that it gets hidden a bit.
Here, He specifically points to Himself. Nope. Not to anyone else but to Himself.
[all] Everyone. No society labels. Simply EVERYONE is invited.
[all you who labor and are heavy laden]
This is the part that tugs at my heart. To me this points out that Christ recognizes two things:
- my fight, my battle, to some it’s struggle but closely used to someone who is giving birth, it’s “suffering” – labor;
- and how it is weighing me down – heavy laden
At this point, there is no basis of validation whether the labor is miniscule or life-threatening. To Christ, if it is something that weighs you down, “come to Me”.
Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Aint’ that what a very tired soul needs? A REST. And that’s what He gives for people who come to Him. It may sound cliche to most but it is an invitation laid out to everyone and can be availed 24/7 (another cliche but it needs to be reiterated and be seen in an even more powerful light). It can be used and re-used.
The verse goes further with another invitation. But let us put that to part two.
For now, I pray you take comfort that in Christ, there is no belittling of pain.
Your pain is valid and real.
He recognizes it and would want to give you and your heart a rest. Take His offer, my friend by telling Him all that is weighing you down.