“Take My yoke upon you & learn from Me. . . For My yoke is easy & My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29,30)
Oh, those days when it seems all I do is go round & round in circles, & nothing gets accomplished.
The worst part is, having chronic pain & fatigue, I didn’t feel like doing anything in the first place. But, so much needs to be done, & I am the only one at home to do it.
Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you. . .” So I say, “Okay! I’ll take Your yoke upon me, for you say “It’s easy & light.” (Notice, I said “I”) But, there I go–round & round in circles. Nothing is getting done, & I get frustrated now, along with the pain & fatigue.
I give up, go lay down & cry. Then I seem to hear that still, small voice saying, “Don’t you see? You are missing the point. When I said ‘take My yoke upon you,’ I didn’t mean for you to carry the yoke by yourself. There is a place on that yoke for two heads. One for you, & one for Me!
If you try to use the yoke with only one head in it, of course you are going to go round & round in circles. But, allow Me to put My head in the other opening, then see what the two of us can accomplish, in spite of your physical limitations.”
Just a simple story, with so much meaning. I too often, try to do everything in my own strength. We who live with daily chronic illnesses know just how limited that strength is on most days.
We need to start each day by asking our Lord to help us carry His yoke. It’s so much easier when He is pulling the load with us. And, we go in a straight line, thus getting more accomplished. Sometimes just one thing is all He requires of us in one day.
The really neat part is, He knows just when we have had enough, & He allows us to stop & rest. Some days He won’t even expect us to “put on the yoke.” He knows just how much we can bear. . . & when.
Thank you, Lord for making a way for even those of us with chronic illness to be useful in our daily lives.
About the Author:
Alice Ervin of Dayton, OH. knows just how much it means to have a Savior, Helper & Friend Who is always willing & available to help us “pull” the heavy loads some of us are asked to pull.