In Harness With Jesus

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Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me
Matthew 11:29

Some of us find it easy to trust God for health, yet we stay awake all night worrying about finances. Or we trust Him for finances, but not to direct our steps. Jesus says, 'Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.' You say, 'Learn what?' Learn that if you want to lighten your load don't take on more-take on a partner. Get in harness with the Lord and take your lead from Him. Working with God will restore your strength, not deplete it!

Richard Mylander writes: 'On my way to a conference in Colorado I was driving uphill along a major interstate, when I overtook a freight train going the same direction at a slower speed. The train was being pushed uphill by two locomotives that sounded as if they were straining at full power. I'm a flatlander from the mid west. 'Is this how trains move in mountainous terrain?' I wondered. I gradually came alongside the front of the nearly mile-long string of cars. There I found five more locomotives pulling the train. Seven engines in all! Where I come from, I rarely see more than two or three. That train was a lesson for me. I had been under serious strain for some time. I was feeling tired and was wondering whether I could persevere under the pressure. How like God, I thought. When I am pushing a load uphill with all the strength I have and feel like my energy level is depleted, He wants me to know that He is in the lead, pulling with power far greater than mine.'

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ChrisJ said…
Hi Mike: I know the feeling, but it doesn't happen too often now that I'm retired.
Instead I'm dragging the full weight of unhappy thoughts -- so completely unnecessary. We just had news of our long time dear friend who is having serious heart problems with not a good prognosis. He was our best man and lives in England so we can't just pop off and visit him. This will be the third dear friend who has gone to be with the Lord in the last year and a half.
But all were solid rejoicing Christians -- so death where is thy sting? Grave where is thy victory? I will not let death and the grave win over my thoughts! What a day of rejoicing there will be on the other side!
GrandmaK said…
Wonderful lesson!!! Enjoy Macbeth! Cathy
Mike said…
Thanks for sharing ChrisJ. It is a comfort that He is there bearing the load even in the most taxing of life's situations... prayers x
Pietro said…
Very true. I think it's not a bad thing to trust God for health, but we must always remember this is just a detail within a deep, strong, ardent, unshakeable faith.
Wanda said…
I agree. I think we all have a a particular place/area that we find harder to trust God than others.