Life on the Margins: The Yoke of Jesus
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
(Jesus said) “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand (God). ~ Step 3 Alcoholics Anonymous
This is another one of those sayings from Jesus that is sometimes hard to take at face value.
Sometimes Jesus yoke doesn't feel so easy.
Sometimes the burden feels pretty heavy.
But I realize that sometimes I am my own enemy when it comes to those burdens. Sometimes I am the one who makes the yoke difficult.
Sometimes as much as I think I have it all together and can handle whatever is thrown at me by my own willpower, I need to be reminded that maybe I can't handle everything.
Maybe I don't have it all together.
Step 2 from Alcoholics Anonymous is a good reminder for all of us who are sin addicts: who are "self" addicts.
Sometimes it takes a reminder to let go, and let God, to use another common AA phrase.
That doesn't mean that we expect God to personally handle every problem we have.
It means living with an attitude of trust. It means looking for those things in our lives that need to be let go of so we can trust God deeply.
It means knowing and accepting our limitations and asking for help when we need to.
It means trusting in that love God has for us.
For that love will give us rest. That love will sustain us.
That love - God's love - is easy.
Questions for thought: What does it mean to you to "let go and let God?" When has been a time in your life that you gave up the idea that you could handle everything on your own?
Pray: Ask for help to trust God completely.