International Ministries

D. Kelsey - Find Rest for Your Souls

November 13, 2012 Journal
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"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  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.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-30

Weary...heavy burdens...yoke...Perhaps like mine your life resonates with these words.  I have pushed my way through my fall church visitation schedule, enjoying seeing old friends and meeting new ones, but anxiously anticipating this Sunday when I will be finished with church visits until mid-January. 

What I have realized in the last few days is that the heavy burden that I thought I was carrying through the fall was not really there at all.  I tend to fill my burden backpack with notions of what a huge amount of work is waiting for me at my desk.  I lug the burden backpack around dreading the many days it will take me to do the work  required.  But, you know what inevitably happens?  When I get to my desk and begin to do the work, I remember that I like it!  And, it never takes as long to do it as I think it will! 

Sure, I have new network people's email addresses from June still to input, but what a joy to think that each of those people wants to be a part of the mission work I do--they want to know what I'm doing and how to pray for me!  (If I had taken 5 minutes every time I looked at the growing mountain of email slips and input 10 instead of thinking how much work I had to do, they'd all be done by now!)

Jesus' yoke is light and brings rest for our souls.  It is not a burden backpack that weighs us down, but it is a way of working that nurtures our souls.  As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas and begin to think of the work that goes into celebrating in our churches and with family and friends, let's measure what we do and how we do it by the presence of Jesus' easy yoke and light burden in it.  Good work might even bring rest to our souls.

My regional missionary work place will now often be my cane-bottom chair pictured here.  I'm leaving my burden backpack on the highway and learning of the gentle, humble Jesus. 

Your missionary,
Debbie Kelsey