A friend shared a verse with me the other day that I had not remembered hearing before.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40:11
My friend said, and I agree, those of us with young often times need a bit more gentle hand.
We tend to be too hard on ourselves, second guessing, expecting self perfection in a world where chaos often rules.
God knows this, He knows the life of a young mother. Rather than judge and condemn, He gently leads!
I don't believe God meant for this job to be so hard on us. I think fears, uncertainties, and insecurities are things we pick up all by ourselves.
Matthew 11:28-30 says:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I love this passage, it has many times been a comfort to me. I want my burden lightened. I want rest! What mother doesn't?
Reading it again the other day I took note of a few key words that I often hurdle over in my attempt to get to the end.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened.
Not I will come to you, He already has, He's already shown up to the party.
He has already put in the time and work and, as a gentleman, has left the ball in our court.
We come and then Jesus takes the lead once again.
He gives us rest.
But he asks us to Take (his) yoke upon (ourselves).
Incase you missed it this, once again, requires action on our part.
Take, used in this verse, according to the Greek, means take up, lift up.
The "yoke" is offered, we receive it, we pick it up.
(I believe this can be done by simply praying, thanking Him for what He offers and maybe asking for a little help getting it on)
And then... learn from me. From Him.
As we take the time to learn from him, or as the King James version says learn of him, we can more easily portray those attributes of Him to our children and our husbands
For (He is) gentle and humble in heart.
We can more easily except those things for ourselves, gentleness and humility.
And (we will) find rest for (our) souls.
For (His) yoke is easy and (his) burden is light.
His yoke is easy because we no longer have to carry around condemnation, or expectations for perfect actions.
He already carried all of that Himself to the cross for us, and left it there and now offers to us a lighter burden, His yoke.
As we continue in our work, fitted with much less burden, learning of Jesus, becoming more like Jesus, He gently leads us, especially during this time of our lives when we are tending to our young!
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