You couldn't have told me I'd find what I found
Contentment and peace from above
Feeling at home in the presence of Jesus
Laying way back in His love
Warming myself by the fires of His spirit
Camping right close to the throne
Just feeling at home
Feeling at home
(Bill Gaither/Gloria Gaither/Gaither Music Company/ASCAP)
What does it mean to "feel at home”? These words might come to mind:
— IncludedA sense of belonging indicates that we are part of something larger than ourselves, that we are included, that we have a safe and secure place to “fit in.” Part of the joy of following Jesus is that we do indeed belong to something larger than ourselves…to the family of God, as co-heirs with Jesus. And while we can be separated from family or friends here on earth, nothing is able to separate us from belonging to God.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
But there’s also another sense to the phrase “feeling at home”– to be relaxed, comfortable, at rest, to take it easy…to take a load off. According to Jesus, we can find rest in Him:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Now the words “yoke” and “burden” don’t seem very relaxed or restful, do they? But Jesus was indeed explaining how walking with Him will lighten life’s burdens.
Most yokes are made for at least two oxen; this way, the animals share the burden and it’s much easier for them to manage. Therefore, he does not ask us to “wear a yoke” to force something upon us, or to enslave us. No, He is offering to partner with us, to be “yoked to” us and therefore greatly lighten the load that we carry. Imagine being one poor ox, struggling under an overly heavy load, day after exhausting day. Now imagine that one day, a much stronger ox is yoked to you...you'd feel so much relief that you might just feel like doing a jig on your little hooves!
Of course, it is not always an easy thing to let Him carry our burdens; it can become a habit to hold on to our worries and not relinquish them. We can be troubled by our circumstances or our “to-do” list, and forget that there are times when we should simply rest in Jesus and allow Him to minister to us. If we will only take regular time to relax in His presence, “laying way back in His love,” He has promised “contentment and peace from above.”
Take some time today to bask in the love of Jesus, and if you’d like, leave a comment below telling us how He has blessed you lately.