Laying Down the Yoke

It has been a few weeks since my last blog.  The reason for that has been a break neck pace of responsibilities, meetings, conferences, and intensive projects that required extra attention.  My blog is not the only thing that has not gotten much of my attention in the last month.  The layer of dust in our condo is down right embarrassing.  The amount of cooking I have done the last month consists of two persimmon puddings – both of which were prepared for church functions.

One particular week in the midst of this crazy month was even more demanding and I was really tired from lack of sleep and the stress of rolling from one thing to another because of unfortunate scheduling.  One sleepy morning I began my devotion time and one of my current practices is using a book by Joyce Rupp called Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment.  Part of my practice includes reading a passage of Scripture each morning and the passage that God had prepared for me (through Rupp’s book) was Matthew 11:28-30 which says:

28 “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29  Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. 30  My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”             –                                                                                                            -Matthew 11:28-30 (CEB)

I just burst into tears at that moment and basked in the love I felt from God as if God was holding me in God’s arms and stroking my head while I relaxed completely and deeply in God’s assurance and peace.  I love it when God speaks boldly into my life that which I most need to hear.  I heard the Word that my normally fast paced life was beyond what even I could keep up with.  It was time to back off and slow it down.  I managed to get through the following 2 days of intensity and then calmed my schedule back down.

The beauty of that moment is it wouldn’t have come if I hadn’t committed to a regular practice of putting myself in a position for God to speak into my life.  It doesn’t happen that profoundly every day by any means.  But because I spend time in prayer and in Scripture daily, that avenue is open when God needs it.

Maybe this blog is the avenue God needs to say to you today that if you are carrying a particularly heavy load or you are struggling hard right now that maybe you need to sit it down.  Maybe you need to hand it over to Jesus.  Instead, maybe you need to be willing to


take on the yoke that Jesus offers.  Yoking ourselves to Jesus as our master is choosing to serve the One who is gentle and humble and loving and filled with grace.  The One who will challenge and push us but in ways that are always manageable.  And that includes rest in Him.

So now I’m thankfully back to a more balanced life.  After some rest, I have lots on my mind so I look forward to getting back into a weekly rhythm of blogging.  I hope that God will speak into your life with what you most need to hear this week and that you will be in a position to hear it.


Grace and Peace,

Lory Beth



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