Kathleen Bly – Special Meeting Thoughts – May 10, 2020
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Thankful again for Jesus’s kind invitation to come to Him. Wherever we are, whoever we are, we can seek to be close to Jesus.
Matthew 11:29-30, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” First, we come to Jesus. We feel some separation from the world, maybe from some friends and family, perhaps from our own thoughts and feelings. After coming into His presence, we find willingness to submit to the yoke. Instead of feeling burdened, we feel the weights become lighter as we are able to take feeble steps with our Savior. In the yoke, we learn more about His voice, His touch, His correction, His love, His forgiveness, His strength. In learning about Jesus and His power to keep us, we find rest. Rest from fear, anxiety, and pain.
I have loved looking at Hymn 223, “Lord, I Would Take Thy Yoke.” We see Jesus in a lowly manger and in comparison, our vain, proud accomplishments become very empty. We then look at Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, a king bending low, and we learn about being meek and lowly in heart and finding strength in gentleness. Next, we see Jesus in Gethsemane, praying that God’s will would be done and we learn deeper submission and a deeper love for God’s will and the souls of others. Lastly, we take the yoke and hear a whisper coming from Calvary, “Father, forgive, they know not what they do,” and we learn about real forgiveness.
I wonder if each day the Lord waits for us to ask for the yoke – maybe not using that word specifically, but praying for help and being willing to submit. We have a choice and Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you.” In my heart, I feel like Jesus was pleading, “Please take it; it will make all the difference for you.” Maybe some days, we resist the yoke because we are afraid, proud, or unwilling. I want to be willing for the yoke because it brings the privilege of being near Jesus and brings rest for my soul.