Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is fitting and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
The past few months have felt intense. From all appearances, it seems the intensity will continue. I have felt weary. At times I’ve felt life burdensome. I need to be refreshed.
In the midst of busyness and needed activities it’s necessary to take time to remember what is really important. I believe it’s important to take time to reflect on one’s spiritual calling, to reflect on how God is present in all of life. Some may do this near lakes or oceans. Others get refreshed by camping in the woods or mountains. I do it by taking specific retreat days to be quiet, reflect, pray and enjoy nature. God leads each person differently.
I need the quiet, silent, alone time with my comforting cat to examine how God has been giving me life and sustaining me. I become aware of times when I forgot God was in control.
During these quiet days, there may be challenges as I focus on whatever yoke God is offering. I may feel peaceful. Other times I may feel like I am in a dry desert. Am I willing to stay with the feeling? Am I willing to listen to what’s in my heart? What I may hear is to be aware how my daily calling is really fitting with God’s help.
So I pray:
Compassionate and Merciful God,
Thank you for these quiet days. Keep reminding me that where I am is where You’ve called me to be. You are present in the midst of busyness even though it may feel like You are absent. As You refresh and renew me during these reflective days, help me deepen my awareness of Your constant help and presence. Then, guide me to share Your compassion with others who are weary and burdened. Amen.