Steve and I recently turned 30. Old to some and young to others. Jesus’ invitation sounds sweeter every year,
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30
We know ourselves a little better than we did ten years ago. We cannot imagine ourseves full of infinite power and potential anymore. We are collecting failures and often running into our limits. Not as much fits into the years as we once imagined.
Strangely, as our view of self is sobered, our joy grows. The less we see to boast in, the more room there is for satisfaction. Our weakness gives us no safe option but to dig deeper into Jesus’ work in our place. That’s where we find satisfying, settled joy. Joy in Jesus’ triumph over every weakness and failure and strength. Restful joy, leaning on him, forgetting self and finding it in him.
Paul was learning this too,
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:9-10