Matthew 11:29 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.
How many times have I read the above verse? Who knows? I certainly don't know. Of course God does, but not me.
Even though I had been studying Galatians, a verse reference led me to Matthew. As is my sidetracked habit, I read through various parts of Matthew. By happenstance or the Spirit, I read Matthew 11:29.
As I read the verse, I got a picture in my mind of being yoked with Jesus. He doesn't put the yoke on me, I take it upon myself, like the verse says. Once that is done, we are walking together, side-by-side. He teaches me by just doing doing what He does. Someone stops Him, seeking something He has for them. He gives it. He sees the crowds and has compassion on them. He teaches by being Himself. I learn by walking by His side.
How do I get rest for my soul though? How do I rid myself of the weight of anxious thoughts?
By doing what He does. Sharing my water with a thirsty person. Showing compassion rather condemnation. Speaking words of life, edification and encouragement.
I must say, that is NOT how I had read the verse in the past. This time, instead of the usual confusion I experienced when reading it in the past, I experienced a peace.
And you, Dear Reader, peace be with you.