I’m led to Matthew 11 and happen upon the words of Jesus I have over time found hard to relate to, difficult to apply and for me, a struggle to see as I am meant to see.
Over time though, my overthinking has thankfully become lessened,
Struggling still, to understand the “yoke”, I try to be visual of what it might look like for Jesus to have a yoke attached to his back.
Thinking naturally of animals: oxen, donkeys, maybe cows or a poor old countryman, thin and worn, breaking up the land for seed and pushing forward
Bent by what’s behind him, intent on going forward.
A posture I do understand.
Struggling, but determined, working hard, a hard working tired soul.
This morning, I opened my Bible to see a girl reminiscent of me in the border.
On a morning some time before I must have begun to understand the yoke thing momentarily
even more so, thankfully, now.
If I had my way, I might prefer to open my Bible and read the tiny words as if a guide or simple self-help.
I know now that it’s the drawing in that is God’s desire and I’m drawn to consider meaning, there is cause for me to get quiet.
It is God’s intent.
That I get again and again, quietly confident.
To read, reread, can’t quite relate and after a while, begin to understand.
The passage about the yoke, I’ve long been unable “to get”.
But, this morning, I see.
Jesus is saying, let me come alongside you, let’s walk together. Here, I’ll put one side of the yoke on my back and you take the other.
Leave your old yoke behind Lisa Anne, trade it for mine.
Mine is for you, not working against you and it is like me, gentle, not proud and not boisterous and burdened or stumbling along defeated by the arduous trek.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus -Matthew 11:28-30
Abide, stay near and in rhythm with me, your steps are now syncing with mine and mine with yours.
Today, and tomorrow and on and on, a promise here for your believing,
You never have to walk alone
There is rest here beside me
Rest for your soul.