Thursday, July 18, 2013

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Have there been moments when you have felt that God is not with you?  That you have found yourself locked into a frame of mind that is not at all pleasant or hope-filled?  If this has been the case, the words above and the serenity of the photo might be of some help in bringing back both the hope and the peace that Jesus wants you to have.

We know what a yoke is, the yoke that keeps farm animals together to bring about more power for the farmer attempting to till his land or attempting to carry a large and burdensome load on a flatbed.

Most of us have not been accustomed to the "tools" of the farmer's trade.  When we look at a picture of a yoke or at one or two beasts harnessed in the yoke, we probably look and imagine pain, discomfort so forth.  However, the yoke will help the farmer achieve his goal which at least one of the animals is inclined to accomplish by following the "signals" delivered through ropes attached to the facial harness on the animal's head.  And what is also interesting is that the two animals know how to walk in unison and in one direction.  They know teamwork. It is no different for us if we are willing to walk with Jesus at our sides.  He will teach us how to follow where he leads or where the Spirit leads us if we but surrender some of our independence.  When we do, more often than not, isn't it the case that we do find Jesus' yoke is easy and his burden light?