Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Skiing is a very interesting activity. It’s one of those things where you can’t think too much. When I first start skiing–either the first run of the day or of the season, it takes me a run (or two…three) to get my feet under me. It is difficult for me to get my body working together in a rather mindful, mindless way. For me, skiing involves thinking without thinking. If I think too much about what I’m doing, my body gets tense and I forget to lean forward in my boots and before I know it, I lose my footing and go @$$ over tea kettle.
However, there are those moments–those rare, gem-like moments–where I stop thinking and start skiing. My body is relaxed, I’m able to find my edges, and I’m leaning forward in my boots. I am totally connected with the mountain and my body. These are the moments that keep me coming back to the slopes. These are the moments where I find God.
This is what I imagine it’s like when we listen to Jesus–we labor our way through life. Our bodies struggle against the world. We are tense and cannot find our footing. We are tense and end up fighting against the mountain. But with Jesus in our lives, we can have those rare gem-like moments where everything is right. It’s the moment when we are going down the mountain and our burden is light and we feel like we could continue on for forever.