Today in my scripture study I was reading in Matthew about how if we come to Christ and learn of Him and try to be like Him, He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Amazingly, rest is something I really need right now. It's the end of the term, so I'm stressed about grading and such, but I am also worried about church responsibilities, family concerns, and my social life. Sometimes I just feel like there's not enough of me to go around. So as I prepared to go to church and other meetings today, I prayed that I would find the strength to get through this next week.
Boy did I ever.
Practically every talk, every song, every lesson was about pressing forward - very much a "You can do this!" kind of a Sunday. I felt like the words I heard were hand-picked for me, letting me know that God had heard my prayer and was sending me a little pep talk for the week.
And maybe that's what it means when Matthew says Christ will "give us rest." He won't necessarily take away the burdens that we have, but He will strengthen us and buoy us up so that we can meet them head-on and succeed. He brings rest to our souls and hearts because He reminds us that if He's on our team, we can do anything.