Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)
The statement posed in the title comes from Vash the Stampede who asked Nicholas D. Wolfwood. Wolfwood carried around a large crossed shaped gun called The Punisher as can be seen above. These characters I mention come from the Anime and Manga Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow. The lead character of the story is Vash the Stampede but the other main character that we watched for was Wolfwood. His story is different in the manga but I will be concentrating on his story from the anime.
Wolfood had a troubled past growing up. He felt the only way to escape from the trouble of his guardians was to shoot and kill them. He later finds himself in an orphanage where he goes from patron to protector. His goal is to take care of the children so they don’t have to experience the same abuse that he had to endure when he was younger. He is taken in by Chapel the Evergreen who raised him to be the future successor of the Gung-Ho Guns Gang and bestowed upon him the Punisher.
The characters in that world exist in the wild west where the world has gone mad. For Wolfwood being a Priest and believing that killing is the only way to make it in the world says a lot. His hand sullied with the blood of his friend and his only other friend is a pacifist who understands him but doesn’t agrees with his ways. Wolfwood was dealt a bad hand being raised by nefarious men, groomed for vile purposes, and has a duty to protect the children of an orphanage so they wouldn’t suffer the same fate as he. How could anyone manage such a burden?Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30 that he will pick up our heavy burdens if we just depend on him and allow him to carry our burdens. We all are dragging our plows through life, drudging through life’s puddles of mud and manure to get to our next phase in life. We have to keep the faith and lean on Jesus to get us through. Waiting for promotion or a job that hasn’t happened yet. Getting through school as you muscle through midterms. Suffering through the back and body pains from pregnancy. Those are burdens we bare and we may get tired but the Lord is saying let me carry your load.
If we follow him we will have to carry our own crosses(Matt 16:24), just like Wolfwood. You may be pushing through the the mist and the rain but please be of good cheer. You will make it through. And pray for His grace and His mercy to get you through to the end. If you keep up the faith you can respond to the statement that Vash the Stampede told Wolfwood. “That cross is awfully heavy.” Vash said. Wolfwood replied, “That’s because it’s filled with mercy.”
Heavenly Father, the stress of this world gets to us so much that it brings us to our knees again and again. I am thankful so thankful that you promise to make my burdens less as long as I keep carrying my cross and follow you. Please grant me rest and peace. In Jesus name. Amen.