Lenten Meditation: Resting in the Yoke

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

There doesn’t appear to be anything remotely restful about a yoke.  It represents hard sweaty pulling work no matter what.   Why would taking on a yoke be “easy”, and the “burden light”?

It is the shared load that makes the work easier.  Although single yokes can be used, the efficiency is far greater when two pull together under the same yoke.  Jesus is clearly saying, “come walk alongside me, share my yoke and I’ll pull you through whatever you need to go through.”    Together, it will be easier, the load less heavy, the relief profound.

I can actually imagine happiness in wearing such a harness when the pulling partner is not only gentle and humble in heart, but encouraging and reassuring every step of the way.

I will never cast off this yoke.  I am bound in joy.

The Forchemers in Leavenworth

3 thoughts on “Lenten Meditation: Resting in the Yoke

  1. Dear “Bound in joy” – great post. Not to be self-promoting, but your post reminds me of a poem I wrote awhile ago and is apropos to share with you.
    The Yoke

    Crucified to the yoke that sets me free,
    Imprisoned by Mercy and chained to Hope –
    I dare to reach out past this misery…
    Firmly tethered to the hem of Christ’s rope,
    His virtue imparts to sustain and cope.

    My surrender to Him is now complete,
    I’m anxious no more to what I devote.
    Ready for writing, I’m but a blank sheet –
    I’ll read my story at His Mercy seat.

    New pages will fill with commands to love,
    Braced by the Body and Blood that I eat,
    I peer through His wounds with eyes of a Dove.

    Come Holy Spirit! Set these bones on fire!
    Illume my searching eyes to see what God desires.

    By Chris Clody 11/22/2010

    Thank you for your encouraging words “bound in joy”!


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