Jackson Five Friday: Yokes

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Friends,

I skipped posting last week because Friday was the third snow day of the week, and I had committed to a speaking engagement for Saturday.  I spent the day trying to go over my talk, and saying to Sam over and over again, “Yes, you can play another game of Wii.”  I could feel guilty about that I guess.  I think he set a screen time record that day.  But I just don’t.  Ecclesiates 3:1 says there’s a time for everything, and last Friday was a time not to blog, and a time to not feel terrible over screen time.  Sometimes we really need to give ourselves some grace.

Anyway, my boys have gone to school every day this week.  As in all five days.  Can I get an Amen?  This is the first occurrence of five days in 2015.  Yes, it’s been a season of starts and stops and getting less done than planned.  Notwithstanding last Friday, I am pretty good at dropping everything and going sledding or giving my full attention to my sons because they happen to be home, AGAIN.  But honestly I know I am not alone (there are thousands of us), who do appreciate a full week of school now and then.

Yesterday was a lovely spring day, cool and sunny, and I chaperoned a field trip of second and third graders to Mount Vernon.  It was delightful to walk around Washington’s beloved property.  It is an undeniably beautiful spot, and the home itself with sixteen foot ceilings, windows galore, and thirteen fireplaces is pretty darn nice too.

But we didn’t just tour the home, we spent some time down by the river’s edge where they have a “Pioneer Farm.”  This is where I snapped the picture above.  This farmer was explaining the purpose of the yoke and demonstrating how the oxen work together as a team.  He said, “It simply keeps them together.”

His words struck me with the force of a two-by-four, because Jesus said:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30

The Mount Vernon farmer said the purpose of the yoke above is simply to keep the oxen together.  Could it be that simple for us?  I think it is.  And now I have such a vivid picture of these oxen working together.  One went left, the other went left.  One went right, the other right.  They went forward and backward together.  It is so simple!  May I put my stubborn, silly head in that yoke each morning and let Jesus lead the way.  He is gentle and loving, and He makes my burden light.

Praying that I will stay together with Jesus by willingly and continuously putting on His yoke.  I know for sure that He will never steer me wrong, and I hope that you know that too.

Happy Spring and Happy Friday.

With Love,

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