The scripture we used for our Ash Wednesday service is one that I have spent some time reflecting on.
“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28-30 CEB
Years ago, a friend, Bill Brewer, made this miniature yoke and gave it to me. He told me that he wanted me to always remember him and the part of our lives that we had shared.
I do remember each time I open my desk drawer and see it there. I also remember Jesus’ words above.
When we come to Jesus, we come struggling with the burdens of living in our world. Jesus tells us that when we come, we will have rest from those struggles. But he goes on to say that if we join him in the yoke, we will learn from him and our lives will be different. It is hard, if not impossible, to work side by side with someone and not learn something about them.
I think that is the heart of what Jesus is saying to us here. Apart from Christ we struggle in this world. In communion with Christ everything is different. The struggles of our broken world will still be there. The difference is that because of our yoke we do not carry the burden alone.
During this time of lent as we reflect on our faith may I suggest that you consider the above verses as a guide. Think about the burdens and struggles you have. Consider whether you are properly yoked together with our savior. If not, offer that up to God in your prayers.
Lord God thank you for a savior who is willing to yoke His life with ours. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!