Today’s featured song is a favorite for drama teams throughout the nation. Lifehouse’s Everything is a modern version of Curious Fools’ classic song Pull which was a popular dramatization when I was in youth ministry back in the mid 1990’s. The attached video uses Matthew 11:28-30 to illustrate how everything in life begins to pile up and subsequently overwhelm burdened and troubled souls.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [o]ease and relieve and [p]refresh [q]your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([r]relief and ease and refreshment and [s]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [t]good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne, Matthew 11:28-30.
Recognizing this internal struggle, Jesus calls anyone who is overburdened to come to Him. While human nature may make you think you can carry all of this on your own, you won’t be able to find rest or peace. This is the context of what the apostle Paul was going through in 2 Corinthians 12:7-12. The next time you find yourself swept away by stress, in your weakness trust Jesus to become your strength to lift you up on wings of eagles, Isaiah 40:29-31.
by Jay Mankus