“COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST”
– MATTHEW 11:28
Here’s the conundrum…my wife is two weeks from her due date, and I was on call this weekend with my regular job, BUT, it was also one of the best days this summer had produced. Mid 70’s, bright blue sky, and Rage KaGe ready to put some miles on. What’s a boy to do. Compromise, that’s what you do. Lucky for me, my wife is super understanding and said that I should take a nice long ride with a friend before the baby comes. But in order to go, I had to wear my earbuds in case she needed to get a hold of me for some reason, or in case my work needed me.
We started riding and before too long, work was calling…and calling…and calling. Now, I’m not crazy, I’m not going to answer the phone WHILE riding. But whenever they would call, I would have to pull over and see who it was and what they needed. After a while, it was becoming old and slowed down the ride. And I think the people on the other side of the telephone could sense my frustration because the first words out of their mouth were “sorry to bother you”.
Now, I kept up appearances and always said “it’s no bother” but I was getting annoyed. Later on though, I was thinking about my attitude and how it wasn’t right. I shouldn’t have been annoyed. All the calls were for legitimate reasons, and honestly I would have been upset if my guys didn’t communicate with me. But it was an inconvenience for my plans. Which as I look back, was selfishness.
Matthew 11:28 says” Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. What a great bible verse. When we face challenges of this world, Jesus invites us to go to him. When the burdens seem overwhelming, give them to him. Simply pray “Jesus I can’t handle this on my own, I need your help”. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.
See sometimes I almost feel embarrassed by some of my burdens. I feel like I should be able to handle it myself. Call it pride or stubbornness, but I don’t think I’m alone with that feeling. I almost don’t want to bother God with my problems, but as the beginning of Matthew 28:11 points out, that’s a ridiculous thought. “Come to me”…it’s not a suggestion, I believe that is a command. When you become burdened, take that burden to Jesus. Don’t fight it yourself when you have Jesus willing and ready to take it.
Have you ever experienced true peace? Sometimes you only feel it for a minute, sometimes longer. No matter how long it is, it is one of the best feelings in the world. A lot of times I do not experience true peace. Don’t get me wrong though, I experience happiness and a lot of different emotions, but very rarely true peace.
Before I had even ridden a motorcycle, I knew that I liked them. I liked how they looked, I liked how they sounded, and I liked the idea of them. I read about motorcycles, and I talked to people about them…I had a pretty good understanding of everything pertaining to the entire motorcycle industry.
My first motorcycle was a beast. It was loud, it was fast, and it was a hack job. I think I fixed it more than I rode it. The speedometer didn’t work, the brake light didn’t work, not to mention you had to take half the bike apart to reach the battery and other vital components of a motorcycle.