So, funny story, for years even after I found Jesus, when I heard the term “unequally yoked” I always envisioned two different kinds of eggs. I’d think about like a chicken egg and a blue bird egg and what their egg yokes would look like, LOL, and I would get a little grossed out thinking about different types of animals and their egg yokes mixing together. I mean am I the only one? I might be. LOL In my defense though I grew up in the 90’s where the “this is your brain on drugs” commercial (you know that one where they showed you an egg and said, “This is your brain” then cracked the egg in a frying pan, let the yoke sizzle and said, “This is your brain on drugs”.) was during every commercial break on television so that was my only visual of a yoke. Alas all the way up until I was in my 30’s, yes 30’s, I thought unequally yoked had something to do with eggs! LOL I know, I’m ridiculous. And I wondered why I didn’t grow spiritually for the first 10 years of walking with Jesus, maybe I should have picked up the actual bible and read it myself. With all that said, let me just tell you, even though I bet you already know, being unequally yoked has nothing to do with eggs! The yoke the bible is talking about is a wooden beam used between two animals to enable them to pull a heavy load together. Can you imagine how my world was flip turned up side down when I learned that, LOL, at the fresh age of like 32! LOL. Anyway…
For weeks now I have been thinking about Jesus’ invitation for us to take his yoke upon us.
Mathew 11:28-30 when Jesus himself says, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.
I have read this verse over and over and over the past few days and every time I read it my heart flutters because of it’s sweetness. Jesus knows we don’t know how to do this life stuff on our own. He asks us to let him teach us. He reminds us that he is humble and gentle in his leading and He says his yoke will give us rest for our souls. This is not a few extra water breaks or an extra 20 minutes added to a lunch break. Jesus is talking about full on rest for our SOULS. We can rest our body all day long and still be tired. Tired of the world, tired of the pain, tired of the struggle, tired of the questions, the dinners , the husbands, the collage papers, but rest for our soul? That is freedom. That is the rest we actually need. The rest that keeps us in step with the one who’s burden is light.
Our freedom comes from being yoked to
a gentle and humble teacher, Jesus.~dearsister.blog
The question is, how do we attach ourselves to the yoke of Jesus? I don’t have it all figure out but I have to tell you that I have tasted a little bit of this kind of rest for my soul and it has always come when I am in full repentance and surrender to Jesus. I can’t quite seem to stay in that rest because of my constant struggle to let go of the things of this world but oh when I’m in those moments of rest with Jesus I long to be nowhere else. Sister, I want you to experience those moments too. My best advice to you is to read the word of God, learn who God is, pray, repent, and repeat all of that all the time.
I hope this finds you well.