Have you ever been invited somewhere and you weren’t quite sure what to expect? A dinner party with a dress code, a business meeting with no agenda, court sessions with no judgement. This year, has invited some of us into spaces or places, that we have no idea what to expect, what’s on the platform, or spread out on the table. I’m one of those people that you tell me to come, I need to know what to expect, especially if I’ve never been there before. My friends and family think I’m a flaky Jake, because I need the blue print with a microscope, or I’ll just stay home. I don’t do potlucks or buffets if I know fluffy was on the kitchen counter while food was being prepared. And I don’t try new things without preparation and understanding. But, life isn’t offering these choices on the menu of this journey. As a pilgrim on this journey, there aren’t too many things in this life that are certain. Here today, gone tomorrow is scrolling across the Blimp in our sky.
Life happens, and that we can be sure of. As I study the life of King David in 1Samuel, I’m reminded of the one that invites us all to “Come”. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 ESV “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Chew on that for a minute, Jesus invitation comes with rest. Rest for your soul, to all the soul searchers in the world, here is your amazing invitation. Finally, the invitation to rest, not work, not perform, not shine, just “Come”.
A rested soul in a world of uncertain times, is a soul that is satisfied in Christ,the lover of souls. Jesus invites everyone all inclusive, no exclusivity here. You and your tired soul, come! You trying to keep it together, come! You will the heavy heart, come! You with all the money, come! You with the dreams ready to burst forth, come! All are welcome to rest in Jesus, the only certain truth in this world says just Come! No egg dish or RSVP required, just come and find rest for your soul, now that’s beautiful.
“Come to me,all who labor and are heavy labor, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30