Listen to this devotional:
Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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. (NIV)
It is Wednesday evening and time for choir practice. We are trying to learn the anthem "Daybreak", but our choir is struggling with this anthem for Easter. It is hard to learn and awkward to sing, with its many key changes and jarring chords. Even so, such music can jar us awake after a rotten night of sleepless worry, as it depicts the colours of a sunrise spreading higher until the light covers the sky with beauty, and our hearts are filled with renewed hope after all the sadness. As we sing, the anthem crashes through many different key changes, reflecting our mood changes. Some days we rise with hope, only to fall with a crash, as life goes on through the clouds. Is that what longing for spring is like for some of us? Easter can't come fast enough?
What key changes does it take to reach a living, vibrant hope of new life? Some people are immersed in the sound of a huge crashing chord — a loved one dies, and they dread having to celebrate alone. Then, while on their knees, there is the still small voice of Jesus saying, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened." So the Spirit of Jesus picks us up with the key of love. What does that music sound like in our souls? What is its colour?
There are other times when life is like a steady climb out of the dreariness of a dull winter and/or a boring job. First, there is a faint ray of light, as a pale colour throbs inside the throat, waiting to see if there is anything to sing about. Jesus comes and says, "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me." So we listen and learn what it is like to have faith through it all, as Jesus walks beside us, carrying half our load. The sky is now softly coloured with the red rays of love.
How is the sky above looking now? A sunrise paints the colours of Lent, as we experience hope, faith, and love refreshing our souls. It is a precious few weeks as we look up and marvel at what God is doing in our lives. So, what is the colour above you today?
Prayer: Lord, we do want to let go in faith, but it is harder and harder as life gets more and more stressful. Lord Jesus, please carry us through this day so that the sky above will shine with the colours of faith, hope, and love coming from our souls. Amen.