Extravagant Love

“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.” Matthew 11:28-29

Our family tradition is blueberry pancakes and bacon on Sunday morning. The theme: Extravagant love. Pancakes full of blueberries inside and heaped on top. Syrup, yogurt, and whipped cream top the sensory delight! For me, it’s a time of remembrance–a house full of noise and activity, chaos and confusion as we try to find the right number of socks and children, and time to pause from striving in the world to hear the hearts of the ones we love the most.

As I pause, I remember the extravagant love of God. He invites me to cease from striving with Him and the world, so that I can find true rest. With every passing day, I am confronted by my inability to conquer the demands of the world, quiet the voices of doubt and insecurity, and please God. Today, I remember that Jesus invites me to rest in Him–the Lord of the Sabbath. He is the one who establishes us so that we can stand before God and man and be okay. Let us pause and listen to the heart of the One who loves us most today, and rest.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16