For my yoke is easy

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11;30

You have finally settled yourself in your favorite chair, a hot cup of tea in your hand.  You think to yourself, just a few minutes. All I need is a few minutes.  A plaintive voice calls from the next room needing something.  You sigh and abandon the cup of tea to go see what’s needed.  You work full time, on top of that you are the main caregiver for your loved one.  You feel overanxious, overworked and overwhelmed.  How can you get everything done?  The laundry overflows, you need groceries.  Don’t forget the doctor’s appointment.  When is there time for yourself, for your spouse?  Your burden feels very heavy, too heavy to carry.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:29

I remember my dad preaching about this verse many times.  It was one of his favorites.  When life is going well,  it is a lovely thought. When life throws you a curve ball you search for the rest promised.   When my mother first came to live with us she was suffering from dementia and Parkinson’s.  She was able to do a few things on her own.  She could still cook a few things, dress and even take a shower on her own. We could leave her alone for a few hours at a time without worry.  I worked full time in a children’s hospital as a respiratory therapist and my husband was a minister.  His office was in our home.  When I was at work my husband was home to take care of mom.  Everything seemed to work out well. Not much time passed before mom could no longer be left alone. She needed help eating, dressing, showering.  We were constantly taking her to the doctor, to the emergency room.  She lost control of everything.  Our yoke was feeling quite heavy.  We had to find help.

We have always been a praying family.  It was natural for us to reach out to the Lord for the help we needed.  He did send help, in the form of professional caregivers.  They filled in the gaps and allowed us time on our own.  We also received help from our county’s Agency on Aging. They provided ways for mom to afford the help needed. We received medical equipment needed and therapists.  As my mom got closer to the day of her death, we received help from a wonderful hospice.  They are a special group of people who find it a special calling to take care of the dying patient.  We learned that when you give God your burden, it becomes lighter.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:29

God is faithful to his promises.  We surely did find the rest our souls needed.

 

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2 thoughts on “For my yoke is easy

  1. momentaryreverie April 27, 2018 — 12:13 am

    I always enjoy your posts!

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