"Then Jesus said, 'Come unto me all of you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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.'" (NLT) "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." ( NIV)
Four weeks ago I started to feel challenged by old symptoms of illness. Three weeks ago I went into a major relapse and have been living life mostly from my recliner since then. I have spent much of that time struggling with this turn of events, and used up more energy than I care to admit crying, questioning, lamenting, and yes, whining over my circumstances. In some ways my soul felt as broken as my body, because I truly NEVER thought I would be here in this place again.
Four weeks ago I started receiving the verses that I shared above from Matthew 11. As of today this passage, or parts of it, have shown up eleven different times.
Eleven different times these verses as a whole or in part have been given to me by eleven different sources in the past three weeks of my struggles; from different blogs, Biblical teachers I have listened, emails, devotionals, a book, and also from two friends. A very dear friend had the words "My yoke is easy and my burden is light" come to her as words of knowledge from God while she was praying over my situation. She knew nothing about how this verse was showing up in my life at the time. I had asked her to pray and then quietly asked God to show me that what she heard was truly from Him. Through her from God came this verse...."My yoke is easy and my burden is light" as a confirmation that what she had to share with me was from Him. She kept hearing it over and over again.
I have never in all my years received any one verse eleven times.
I have decided I need to write about this in part because I am trying to discern what it all means and writing will help me to do that, and in part because I feel God smiles when I share my own journey as it can help others and glorify Him. I plan to write a series on what I am learning going back to three weeks ago when it all began.
I don't know if I am done receiving this verse yet...I know I am not done with learning all I need to learn from it. Every day something new comes to light. I am using different Bible translations, and a concordance, teachings, and anything he sends my way. More and more is being revealed to me. I think I am a slow learner :)..... I don't want to complicate it, I just want to make sure I am getting it. ALL of it...all that God is showing me. I have realized it is a gift He is presenting to me and I want to cherish and embrace it.