Looking for Spiritual Solace in Sun Valley
How heavy are the burdens you’re carrying? Are you weighed down with a load of guilt, financial problems, an abusive hubby, or the death of a kid? I’ve gone through some of these and we all know someone–perhaps a Sun Valley neighbor–that is going through some troubling times. Perhaps the following can be of some comfort.
In the past I had a psychological picture of an ox with a heavy wooden yoke applied across its neck, this was attached to iron shackles, and the ox was pulling heavy machinery. Even something like a lightweight yoke can appear like a heavy load to carry! In days gone by servants strained with yokes were forced to do backbreaking labor, told where to go, what to do, and kept on a tight rein by their masters.
My other half Jo utilized to complain out loud about any problems she dealt with. I would hope about them and go about my day bowed down under the weight. Then, after her everyday morning walk with the pet, she would come house revitalized, chuckling and in a fantastic mood!
Jo’s all-time favorite bible verse is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4: 13) She stood on that verse, spoke it every day, and during his walks he would offer Jesus all his burdens. So simple! I had the faith to believe that God would fix whatever, some time. However, I had difficulty handing my problems over to him, stating, “Jesus, here is my problem. Would you please carry it, as you guaranteed you would?”.
Jo would come back pleased, but how about the problems? We discovered that God is the God of plenty and that He is never ever late! He is bringing to mind an occurrence that happened years ago when the bottom actually fell out of the market my other half’s organization was included in.
Yes, His yoke is not a heavy cross to bear. His yoke just indicates that whatever you require to go through, no matter how extreme. If you lift it as much as Him stating: “Lord, I don’t know the answer. I can’t bear this any longer,” then you will also discover that His Grace is sufficient for you as His strength is made best in weak point. (2 Cor. 12:9) When you are weak, He is strong. When you let go and let God, you open the door to wonders and wonderful testimonies of His goodness in your life.
Take off your heavy burdens. Let Him look after them for you. It’s His Promise, and He never ever stops working! “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy loaded, and I will provide you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye will discover rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mat. 11:28 -30).
How heavy are the problems you’re carrying? Servants burdened with yokes were forced into heavy labor, directed where to go, and kept on a tight rein by their masters.
4: 13) He stood on that verse, spoke it every day, and throughout his walks he would provide Jesus all his problems. I had problem handing my problems over to him, stating, “Jesus, here is my concern. Take off your heavy problems.