“be, just be”
“Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
If I can’t find comfort in the lyrics to the Jonny Diaz song and the Matthew verse attributed to Jesus, then I am probably too busy with the insanity of this world. One does not have to profess Christianity in order to appreciate a place where life is good and chaos is non-existent. For me, that place is at the feet of Jesus soaking in the peace available through His words and love. It is a peace and love given freely to all who seek. It is undeserved and unmerited grace from the center of a universal force which has been named with various names, but remains undefinable and indescribable. Breathe, just breathe, and sit with me at His feet.
No demands, no expectations, no rules. Life changes dramatically when we put on the yoke of Jesus because that yoke is light and easy. Our efforts to be more righteous are futile because all the righteousness we can muster is as dung to the One who knows and sees everything. Our good works keep our idle minds busy and temptation resistant, but we are loved regardless. It’s mind-boggling. No strings attached; be, just be.
But, when the freedom of this yoke which we assume is manifested in our lives, we will want to change, to be different from the rest of the world which mindlessly zooms past us every day. We want to be centered in a faith that matters. We want to see in others the same Jesus that has freed us from the burdens of this world and we want to share that Jesus in all that we say and do. We become a spark of divinity that can’t be extinguished by chaos and frenzy.
“Breathe, just breathe. Come and rest at his feet. Lay down what’s good and find what’s best.”