Easy and Light

This summer Becca and I spent two weeks on vacation in Spain and Portugal, and it was epic. About a week of that time we were with her family in a small town in southern Spain called Ronda.

We slept in.
We sat by the pool.
We read books.
We played games.
We ate incredible meals.

It was the most restful week of my life.

We got home from that trip six weeks ago, and we’ve been going nonstop ever since. Life is busy. We love our jobs and we enjoy the work we do, but somewhere deep inside I can hear a voice whispering to me… and it’s trying to remind me that I need to get some rest even though I’m not on vacation anymore.

I’m convinced this voice is my soul.

I don’t know about you, but I wake up most days and go and go and go and never once think about my soul. It’s just not something I think about a lot.

But sometimes it takes getting a little rest to be reminded that you have a soul that needs to be taken care of… and then once you start thinking about your soul you realize just how much you’ve been craving that rest.

“Our soul is like a stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other area of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do…”
Dallas Willard – “Renovation of the Heart”

In Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV), Jesus says:
28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

In a world where we often find our identities in what we do and how productive we are, Jesus is inviting us to find rest for our souls by placing our identities in him.

“What an amazing thing it would be to have the rhythms of your life regularly usher you into such deep trust that you could actually rest from it all.”
Ruth Haley Barton – “Sacred Rhythms”

We find rest for our souls by surrendering everything to Jesus and trusting him.
That’s what it means to live Easy and Light.

This blog is based on a message I taught at Fellowship On Broadway, a worship service in downtown Nashville. You can listen to that message here.

Tim Wildsmith