Month: May 2015
Gentle & Humble
“Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart…” Matthew 11:29
Gentle and Humble
This is His heart.
I read it, but I can’t grasp it.
The words bring a calmness to my thoughts
bring a warmth to my spirit.
Two little words
make an impact
in a loud and quiet way.
Is this even possible?
God is humble?
He is gentle and humble to His very depths,
in His heart?
I ask Him how this can be?
Teach me, Lord, because I can’t wrap my brain around this.
And He leads me to make a list.
WHAT HUMILITY IS NOT:
Humility is the absence of those things.
You, Jesus, gave of your time to people
who were less than lovely
who had no prestige
who reeked of sickness and disease
who were unappreciative
who just didn’t get it.
You gave of Yourself until You were spent completely and humbly,
absolutely nothing more more to sacrifice…
And when I’m yoked to You in life,
attached to You intimately,
I sense that You are leading
and carrying the brunt of the weight
and that you challenge me and confront me
but it is done lovingly
not with arrogance
But with the heart of the One
who washed dirty feet unexpected
and stood up for a prostitute’s dignity
and loved to be with children
and is a Shepherd to all of us lambs
And I know that I am in the presence of true humility and gentleness
because I don’t feel
the squinted eyes of judgment
the snide and sarcastic remarks
the heavy hand of false self-righteousness
the stab of hurtful words
I feel that You, Jesus,
want to lead me in paths of righteousness
by streams of cool water
to the Rock
to truth and wisdom
to be humble and gentle….
Because that is what You are.
– Susie Stewart
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'” Matthew 11:28-30