“Come to Me, all you 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.”
Matthew 11: 28-30
One night I was at church as we all prayed and sought the Lord. Many others went to the altar to kneel, pray, and be prayed for. I stood at my chair because the Lord was dealing with me right where I was.
I felt heaviness in my shoulders and upper back. Like when you carry a full backpack a long distance, I felt stooped over. I told the Lord about this heavy feeling, and His Spirit brought to mind the above passage of scripture.
I said: “Lord, this burden on me is heavy and uncomfortable. I must be trying to carry the load I have made myself with the yoke I have cobbled together. Please take it from me and replace it with Your yoke, because Yours fits well and makes the load light and easy to carry.”
I felt relief of the heaviness on my shoulders as I released my load to Jesus. As I turned all my cares and concerns for my family over to Him, the peace that came overwhelmed me. I realized (again) my body, soul and spirit were never meant to carry all the world’s cares. It’s wonderful when the Lord brings things back to mind when we forget!
There are basically two kinds of yokes: one to be shared by two, and one to be used alone. If a yoke is made correctly, it evenly distributes the weight across the shoulders and neck of two animals so they can pull together and share the load. A poorly made yoke rubs and chafes and causes the animals to balk and do a very bad job of moving things. A well-balanced, nicely shaped yoke for a person to carry two buckets of water works well, without pulling on the person’s neck and forcing them to shift to balance the load. These adjustments usually cause many aches and pains. Jesus, being the master carpenter, knows just how to fashion the yoke that we were made to carry. He knows just what load we can carry – as long as we’re not trying to carry it on our own.
It is said that the Lord won’t give you anything more than you can handle. If your burden seems to be too much, see if you’re trying to carry it yourself and take on more than the Lord intends you to have. Remember: His yoke is easy and His burden for you is light – IF you let Him carry it with you! I remind you that this Christian life we live was meant to be lived in communion with Father, Son and Spirit; as Christ is in Father God, we are hidden in Christ. When Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven, Father God sent us the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. He is a strong comfort, guide, and friend. Make sure you’re not playing the Lone Ranger part; we were not made to live separate from Father God who made us.
I pray your burden is lifted today as the Spirit quickens your spirit to what the Lord is saying to you.