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Yoke

Updated on August 6, 2014

by Michele Adams

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

I've learned that a good yoke is custom made. It looks ugly, uneven and crude. However it is lovingly carved/crafted by the farmer to fit each individual animal so that neither is left pulling more than their fair share of work. It is crafted with wool in some places, and not in others, to keep blisters/galls from forming on the animals where the yoke rubs the most.

This is what Jesus is talking about. Being yoked with Him is getting fitted to a harness with attention to detail. God knows where you get galled, and He patches it up so that you can get calloused up without too much scarring. There will be sweat involved, but He promises to be right there with you, taking the weight when you feel your knees buckling.

He does not promise that you can ride in the back of the wagon, but He does promise to pull along with you to the end.

Although the life of a plow horse isn't always easy, it sure beats winding up on the dinner table as bacon (like the lazy pig)! I can't imagine going through life thinking that I am frolicking out in the field, only to find out that one day I was heading for the smokehouse.

The burden of cancer is neither light nor easy. However, if I give it up to God, it is manageable.

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