Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Come Unto Me, All Ye That Labour"

I feel inspired today to share one of my favorite scriptures, found in Matthew 11:28-30.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of 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.

For those of us that have been taught about our Savior, Jesus Christ, just these simple words can have such power.  We should cling to the peace they bring.  It can be lasting if we will always remember Him. 

I can't even recall all the times that this passage of scripture has spoken peace to my soul, but I do remember specifically one time when I so needed to hear this message.  It was years ago when I was going to college.  I was very far from home and very overwhelmed with the demands of school.  It was an afternoon after classes and I had gone home to my apartment.  My roommate wasn't there and I went into my bedroom.  Sat down on my bed.  Knew I needed some help.  Saw my scriptures sitting on my desk.

Though my knowledge of the scriptures was in its infancy stage, I knew that there was power in that book.  I had faith that my answer was to be had in its pages.

I decided to put my faith to the test.  I told myself that whatever page the book fell open to, there would be something of value there for me.

My bible fell open to Matthew, and this passage, which had been underlined earlier, immediately caught my attention.  I wept.  I didn't weep for sadness, though I was homesick.  I wept for the knowledge I had that this was absolutely true; all I needed to do was to come unto the Savior and He would offer me the rest I needed; He would offer me the comfort and love and reassurance I so desperately needed.

Let us all cling to whatever particle of faith we have.  Let us all remember that we are never alone if we remember to whom we may always look for peace.  Sometimes in a chaotic world the only peace we will feel in is our hearts.  Often that is enough.  He will give us courage to press forward.  He will give us enlightenment and guidance to face and deal with the troubles in our lives.

Let us put behind us the mistakes of the past and look forward with a brightness of hope.  He has sent His Comforter to be with us.  It is real.  As we keep His commandments and strive to improve, we will be blessed to always have His Spirit to be with us.  His promises are sure.


Kim said...

How very true ~ it's comforting to know that no matter how many people there are/have been/will be on the earth, we are still individually known.

neffie said...

I definitely think this post was inspired. It has touched me and something I needed to hear today. Thank you!

Kriti said...

Very inspiring indeed Ardith. THank you! Love Kriti http://kriti-howaboutthis.blogspot.com/2011/03/colors-that-i-am-made-of.html

Laura said...

Thank you, I needed that - really needed that.