Sometimes a particular message keeps coming at me. I see it and hear it everywhere over a period of weeks or months. Does that ever happen to you? For me, it's typically rooted in God's Word. And it's usually something that I need to hear. A lot. For a good reason or reasons.
Nearly a month ago I was at a church service and they asked us to listen to a few verses. To read over them, think on them, and try to discern what we were supposed to hear from God in those words. This is what I heard:
Walk with me. Work with me.
We were reading from The Message, a wonderful paraphrase of the Bible that I love to look to in addition to a traditional translation. Here's the chunk of verses in another version:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30
Life has come into another busy season for me. When I have lots of work to do, I can easily become overwhelmed, which puts me in a bad place. I can forget that work is a blessing, which it is.
But I keep hearing the same message. Come to me. Walk with me. Work with me. Find rest for your soul. My burden is light. And it has changed my attitude. Walking with Jesus, even when life is work, it changes things.
So I made a pattern.
I haven't started stitching yet, but I know that I'm going to want this reminder hanging on my wall. Maybe you will too. I kept the wording simple so it can mean what you want it to mean. But I also hope you also think about what it might mean to walk with Jesus. I'd love to talk with you more about that, so if you ever want to talk, let me know. Seriously. He changes things.