There could not be a wider invitation, nor a greater promise ...
"Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest." (Mt. 11.28)
Our world knows so much of heavy burdens, of inescapable weight to be borne.
The lack of escape from the things that wear us down is the unavoidable destiny of all humanity.
But here is a a different world.
Here is a place where everything earthly comes under a new dominion.
Here all the negative loses its absolute authority.
Here God rules and works His work.
Here there is rest - something which earthbound man can only dream about.
"There is a place of quiet rest" says the old hymn.
"A Place where sin cannot molest... of comfort sweet ... of full release ... of joy and peace."
This is the place to which we are invited.
This is the place where all things are made new.
What must have been the impact of the revelation, when some of the old writers saw with their spiritual eyes the things they were writing about?
How were their senses overwhelmed when they were touched by spiritual reality?
How was the world around them forever changed by their glimpse of God's greater world?
Infinity is offered in the little word, "come."
The "come" connects us to the "Me" -
and the door is opened to the dimensions of God,
the dimensions of eternity,
the rest, the joy, the certainty which is beyond all earthly measure or human comprehension.
God's invitation to us is not first to our minds but to our hearts,
not to the external but to very center of our being,
His gift is "a well...springing up into everlasting life."
May our hearts hear and embrace God's invitation to Come.
May our minds not lead our hearts,
but rather may our hearts lead our minds in a fullness of rest.