When you were a kid, did you ever trade cool stuff with your friends? I did and I LOVED IT! Kid trades were a blast! We traded all sorts of things. Sometimes, it was jewelry, candy, or even Barbies(TM). I remember the “rush” I would get when I’d trade something I knew was just an “ok” item for some FANTASTIC toy or a yummy goodie! Aaah, the memories of youth, right? So awesome! Jesus yoke is light is easy too and He’s willing to trade!
What a crazy time for me…busy and the yoke is heavy
Flash back to today. Recently, my life has been a little crazy.
We just came off a revival and my job has been taxing.
Also, the revival was spectacular, so I’m not complaining about that either.
It’s just a case of ‘so much to do and too little time to do it’. Can you relate?
Note: I know the term should be “Jesus’ yoke is light”, but I’m working my search engine swagger, so bear with me. 🙂
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be all things to all people?
I’d love to be this fabulous hostess, brilliant training consultant, gourmet cook, and attentive patient mom – but, I can’t. I wish I could be all things to all people. It would be so nice.
God’s Word – Always Works
Today, during my quiet time with the Lord, I was struck by a wonderful opportunity for us all in God’s word.
It was in Matthew 11:30 and Jesus offered an amazing trade for people like me.
“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.”
Wow! Jesus tells me to come to Him with my heavy, oppressive burdens and He offers me to take His easy one in the place of mine.
Yayyuh, Jesus yoke is light and maybe it is because He’s carrying more of it than I am? I don’t know, but I know it’s a blessing.
What peace filled my soul when I read that today. Sure, I had read it a hundred times before today, but it resonated in a fresh way.
Let me tell you, I felt rejuvenated as I traded burdens with Him this evening. I was tempted to take one back, but I left it there after all!
And, that is where it will stay.
Jesus yoke is light, so this is my prayer…
“Today, I entrust to You all that concerns me, Lord.
At the altar of your mercy, I lay my prayer requests for my church family, my natural family, my neighbors, and my friends.
In fact, Father, I give you everything that is a source of stress, struggle, and strain in my life.
After all, my role is to pray, support, love, and console others. You are their primary Source, so I trust everyone I love to you.
Thank you, Father, for the peace of your Holy Spirit.
Thank you for being a very present help in times of trouble. I love you, Father and I trust you with my trade. Amen.”
The next time you are concerned, overwhelmed, or troubled…make a good trade like I did.
He can handle your struggles, Christian woman, and trade you a “light” and “easy” burden. Totally awesome, right?