I like traveling …
especially when I’m leaving the winter blahs behind and heading to a warm, tropical climate. It just so happens our suitcases are ready to be packed. As I choose clothes and shoes, my suitcase will fill up and approach the maximum weight allowed by the airline. Add a bag for snorkel gear, one for toiletries, and another for my husband’s things and we’ve got our hands full.
Thank goodness for luggage with wheels. It’s challenging enough to roll our things into the airport and get them safely up the escalators. I can’t imagine having to carry all of our stuff to the baggage drop-off. Let that image stay in your mind for a minute.
A heavy load …
Our luggage is big and bulky. Not something that’s easy to maneuver. I’m not sure I could manage to carry my things from the car to the airport entrance. My arms and legs would go on strike. The additional purse and computer bag on my shoulder would only add to the muscle strain. Are you tired yet?
That might be a goofy picture, but spiritually-speaking I’ve tried to do exactly that. I’ve attempted to live the Christian life in my own strength; the result is exhaustion (click to tweet).
There’s a big difference between carrying and wheeling my luggage. In either case, work is required to get the suitcase from point A to point B, but it’s so much easier to let the wheels do the hard work rather than my arms. When I get to my gate, I’m not worn-out.
An invitation …
Jesus knows when I’m trying to do things in my own strength and doesn’t respond in anger. He responds with a beautiful invitation:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
– Matthew 11:28-30 –
His work, His way
The Lord doesn’t want me to try to do His work without Him. He’s aware of my weaknesses and invites me into His yoke so He can do the heavy lifting. But what is a yoke?
I like the way author Nancy Kay Grace explained it: “A yoke is a wooden collar that joins two animals, usually oxen, to enable them to pull together. A yoke also refers to a team paired together. When animals are trained with a yoke, a younger, weaker, ox is paired with an older, stronger one. Over time they learn to work together, walking in step with one another.” (http://www.jaynac.com/areyouinneedofrest/)
When we’re in the yoke with Christ, we’re learning to do His work His way (click to tweet). We get to know who He is – He’s humble. The work we’re doing has eternal value and we will find rest in Him.
Your turn …
Feel like you’re carrying a heavy load? What step will you take today to get in the yoke with Christ?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for inviting me to get in the yoke with You. Forgive me for the many times I’ve tried to do things for You in my own strength. Help me know You and do things Your way. Thank You that I will find rest. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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