Rest and be thankful
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
The view from the highest point on the A83 is one of the most magnificent in Scotland. The topography is 803 feet above sea level and divides Glen Kinglas from Glen Croe. The drive, though picturesque, can feel long, as it is a steady climb. Thus it is known at the summit by the sobriquet ‘Rest and Be Thankful.’
For many years my late father-in-law regularly drove a truck laden with lime for farmers, destined for the north of Scotland, up the ‘Rest and Be Thankful.’ He used to joke that at the top there was a pub called ‘The Glue Pot’. With a wry smile he would say, ‘You can get in the pub but it is very hard to get out of it!’ I have been unable to substantiate the verity of that pub, but it does raise a smile.
Life is often a long slow climb. We are often wearied with the effort of the journey. The weight of burdens, like the load on my father-in-law’s truck, pulls at us.
Jesus understands this and offers us a complete rest. This rest that Jesus spoke about was not just a physical rest. He was referring to a rest that meets all our needs. It is a rest we feel in our minds, bodies, and spirits — this is soul-rest. And the only place we will find this rest is Jesus. He alone offers a complete refreshing of our hearts, minds, and bodies. In these times of stress and negativity, this ‘rest’ is vital. How very thankful we must be to receive this wonderful gift. The climb is worth it, and we have ‘Someone’ who will take the burdens from us.
We do not have to pay for this ‘rest’ because the metaphoric fuel and toll charges have been paid. We must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has to say, “Take my yoke [a yoke of service] upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29).
Haste the day when we can share this fantastic rest with this world – when we can all be very thankful. Amen
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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