Do you remember that commercial? Back in the early 1980’s, the Summit candy bar had an ad on TV that opened with a kid slamming down his pencil onto a pile of books, ripping off his glasses, throwing his hands up, and saying, “Homework, homework, give me a break!”
Well, most of us are probably out of that homework phase, but we certainly can relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed and in need of a break. We could just as easily throw up our hands and replace the word “homework” in that infamous phrase with words like hectic schedules, bills, teenagers, deadlines, or even clutter. When we sense the squeeze of these things pressing in on us we tend to get overwhelmed right away. When our lives are muddled with too much activity, too many bills, urgent deadlines, or even too much clutter, it can affect us mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It’s at that moment when we want to throw up our hands and shout, “Give me a break!”
Jesus has an ongoing invitation to every one of us not only in these crazy, seemingly out-of-control moments, but each day and throughout the day. His invitation is simply this: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).
We have a tendency to try and fix everything ourselves when we get inundated with the crazy clutter of life. And sometimes in our frantic attempts to fix, we become even more frenzied. But Jesus’ invitation to us in this verse is an urgent one when He says, “Come to me.” He knows how hectic life gets. He sees us in the midst of our hurry, worry, bustle, and brokenness. And in essence, He’s saying to us, “Come here, come close, and come now!” Why? Because ultimately Jesus is the One in whom we will find true rest for our weary, burdened, worn out, and burned out soul. If we go to Him and commit to learning from Him daily, we will soon sense His gentleness and humility permeating every facet of our flurry.
It’s hard to resist a good invitation. We must remember, however, the power lies not in the invitation, but in how we respond to the invitation.
Jesus is inviting you (yes, even in the midst of your shouting, “Give me a break!”) to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
How will you respond?