10/06/2021 by Rev. Doug Walker 0 Comments
As seen in the Village Voice and the HEARTbeat
I’ve had the privilege of being in the Village now for almost two years. Some of you have met me on the golf course, the coffee shop, or maybe the Coronado Fitness Center. I try to stay very active. If you are driving on Desoto, Ponce, or the area around Balboa Golf course, you may have encountered a nut on a bicycle pedaling as fast as he can in the bike lane trying to race the cars as they pass. That nut is me.
Thirty days had not yet passed since first coming here when I had a bicycle accident. I didn’t think it was that serious, but after a diagnosis of a concussion, a torn bicep, and a torn rotator cuff, I knew I needed surgery and rehab.
The rehab docs were great and within a few months I was back to riding, swimming and golfing again. I even felt stronger than before the injury. This past December I tried to move a safe by myself at the church and re-tore the same tendon that required surgery eighteen months previously. After a second surgery, I am once again back in rehab to stretch and strengthen the rotator cuff tendon.
The multiple past and present rehab sessions have helped my physical body. But is there such a thing as spirit rehab? Jesus said, “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.” We get knocked around a lot in our lifetimes, and sometimes so severely our spirits need a little rehab. Once our spirits are quickened, or made to be alive by God, we are ready to tackle the world for Christ. But along the way, our spirits may get a concussion or even severely injured. It hurts, and we may even want to walk away from the church because of the severity of the pain. There is a better way.
Resting in Jesus is just as it sounds, resting in Him. We carry a lot of guilt, bitterness, regret, and pains from failed relationships, friendships, and the world in general. If we never cast off the “yoke” we create from these events, we will soon be walking with a heavy weight or burden, spiritually stooped over. Jesus can take our yokes from us and replace it with one which is easy. He knows our trials and pains. His yoke never changes, because He is the only one who can add to it!
Do you need a little spiritual rehab from the injuries of this world? Call on Jesus to do a yoke exchange! Rest in Him first, then start a new journey, unburdened by the trials of this world. You won’t regret it!