Fiery oranges and reds streak a burning trail across the sky, chasing each other over the clouds and playing hide and seek behind the distant hills. A lone loon calls from the quiet lake; the waters - a perfect reflection of the tapestry of light above. You sit at the end of the dock, a solitary observer to the wonders of this creation. You are alone, but not lonely. You have come here for rest - a break from the busyness of life.
You know you can find serenity, tranquility, peace here. Every summer, you make the pilgrimage to this place. Your father introduced you to the little cottage on the lake. It had been his refuge too. That first year, on this very lake, he taught you to fish. Perch, bullheads and largemouth bass took turns fighting your line that summer.
The warm breeze caresses your face like the sweet memories of days gone by. Nearby, a cricket begins his evening song. The bullfrogs join in, adding a steady bass line to the cricketís tenor voice. A fish jumps from the water, sending an ever widening ring of circles rippling toward the shore.
A scripture passage, memorized long ago, touches the edge of your conscience - just out of reach. The words lap at your memory, like the waves gently washing over pebbles on the beach. You close your eyes and try to bring the words into focus.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
The still, small voice whispers to you. You open your eyes. Early stars twinkle down from the dusky heavens. The loon cries again, its eerie call echoing across the water.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls.
A mosquito buzzes near your ear, but you donít move. Your attention is focused on the words as you let them wash over you, cleansing your soul. Worries, which have been weighing down on your shoulders, begin to lift.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
You find rest at the feet of Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
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