On a sunny day a rabbit was enjoying his day. Thinking to himself what a day! Warm and sunny under a clear blue sky. Now, only to find some food and my day will be complete thought the rabbit.
Suddenly, he heard voices. Knowing immediately that the voices were those of his arch enemies. He had heard them talk before. “Saying nothing like a fresh rabbit to mix in with those vegetables for a good stew.” Intuitively knowing that he was the rabbit meant for that stew. Wasting no time he hit the trail at full speed.
He came upon a farmer and begged for help. Explaining his dilemma. The farmer pointed to a shed, and said. “Go inside and you’ll be safe.” Soon the hunters arrived, “And asked if he had seen a rabbit in the area?” No! But as he spoke he used gestures to point to were the rabbit was hiding.
For some reason, the hunters did not get the message. But, the rabbit observing clearly got the message.
Once the hunters were out of sight the rabbit emerged from hiding. He made his way past the farmer never saying a word. The farmer scolded the rabbit for being ungrateful for his deliverance from the hunters. Oh said, the rabbit! “Indeed I would have thanked you. If your actions, had matched your words.” (source unknown)
Unlike the rabbit, most avoid correcting our farmers for their betrayals. O! the stories that wounds could tell, if they could speak for themselves. One of the wounded did rise to speak upon an inquiry. “What are those wounds in your hands asked the questioner?” With the wounded replying, “They are the wounds received in the house of my friends,” Zechariah 13:6. How many could tell similar stories? And often do silently to themselves because those wounds are to painful to discuss.
Then came Jesus saying, “Come unto me, all you that labor and are under heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Accept my way and learn from me; for I am meek, and gentle at heart, and you shall find rest,” Matthew 11:28-29.
What did the rabbit gain by his chastisement of the farmer for not matching his actions with his words? We do not know, do we? Perhaps at least, some personal satisfaction. But did the inner frustration plague the rabbit, allowing for no peace of consciences? Most likely, because that is the way most respond to betrayals, especially from those close to us whom we have trusted. And this padre thinks such inner responses of fenced in emotions are a contributing factor to many illnesses. Jesus offers a better way by offering to bear our burdens. But the key to experiencing His rest is to accept the Christ way which can only be done by learning of His expectations. They start with Romans 10:9-10, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raise Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
The intricacies of the Christ way are as simple as they are complex. Therefore, take upon yourself an expanded study of those complexities and there intricacies. Perhaps such an endeavor may make them easier to understand.
Patience is required because it is not an over night journey. Instant gratification is not part of the Christ way for finding comfort for our labors and burdens. Suggestion, Start by carefully reading, Romans through Philemon. Grow by paying close attention to Romans chapter 8 and Hebrews 11:1; 3 and six.