Matthew 11:28-30 – 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. (NIV)
When my sister and her friends invited me to go horseback riding, I asked for a gentle horse, and then took my position, last on the trail. Suddenly, my mount took off, and we passed everyone at full gallop. I flopped side to side, up and down, all the while praying for God to save me! Finally, the trail guide hauled us to a stop!
It seems that my animal had once been a lead horse, and then had been retired to become a follower. Apparently, no-one had told the horse. How could anyone expect a trained lead horse suddenly to become a follower, when all instincts and training told him otherwise?
Some former leaders, through circumstances beyond their control, suffer discouragement, and then prefer to let others take the lead. How does a leader become a follower? God reveals this: "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be." (John 12:26a NIV) See? Leaders are already followers, led by God.
Yes, some leaders may grow weary and burn out. But our wonderful God heals and permits rest, so that renewed leaders may once again step into His assigned roles for them. This is being a real follower — a follower of Jesus Christ.
My horse had rested and regained his energy, and had decided that it was time to retake the lead. Are we resting? Refreshed? Ready to follow God into leadership again?
Prayer: O God, we admit that we are weary and even burnt out in some areas of our lives. Thank You for Your rest, and thank You for the strength to start again. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.