In the early hours of the morning, my wife and I were asleep. Our baby, my daughter began to cry. She was wet and hungry. I usually got up with her, changed her, and took her to my wife who would then feed her. Then I’d take her out to the living room and rock her, in the Kennedy rocker, until she went back to sleep. This had been our routine for a while and it worked pretty well for us.
This one night, I had a lot on my mind. We were moving to another state soon, I had to find a new job, the kids needed new schools. The movers were coming out that morning to estimate our load for the move. There were a hundred things swirling in my mind that had to be done. I was overwhelmed.
I continued to rock my daughter and lightly sing worship songs and pray. I was reminded of a scripture passage that dealt directly with carrying a heavy burden. There is so much more to this passage, but I’ll share these verses.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
A yoke is a crosspiece that fastened over the necks of two animals, back then, likely oxen or camels. These are beasts of burden. They were used to plow fields and perform other tasks.
Typically, the animals were matched in strength and size. What Jesus is saying to us in this passage is He will help carry our burden, and we will find rest for our souls. That is exactly what I needed to hear.
Don’t miss the point here. Jesus doesn’t say he’ll take the burden away; He says he’ll help us carry it. This is very important to understand. Many people give up on the Lord when their prayers are not answered or their burden isn’t taken away.
This is what happened for me early that morning, my burden, the load on my shoulders was still there. I still had all the same things on my list that needed to be done in a fairly short timeframe.
My circumstances didn’t change; what changed was my attitude, my mindset, toward fulfilling all the tasks facing me.