Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Yoke Is Easy.......

"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)
Matthew 11:28-30
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.


Elaine said...

Dear Renee,
I'm so sorry to hear about your relapse! I am at the same time so happy to hear that God is showing you so much in his word. I will keep praying my friend.

Sharon Evans said...

I am so pleased that God is speaking to you. I think the idea of writing about this relapse and what you have been shown by God is a brilliant move. I am sure that is what God wants. When I have prayed for you, I keep getting the picture of Conversations in the Garden does that mean anything? Prayers and blessings flying your way.

Ginny said...

God IS so amazing, isn't he? I am sorry you have been struggling and I completely understand your pain. I will keep you in my prayers as always.

Gayle said...

WOW! I was thinking of you yesterday and said a prayer for you. You are remaining in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you healing,

Renee said...

Thanks for your prayers.....hope you are doing well? Lifting you up today.

Renee said...

Hi Sharon
Yes, God has been speaking to me in the garden lately about fear and I believe it is connected to my relapse too....Amazing thing, our emotions. I do learn from what I write and pray it helps others.

Renee said...

Thanks Ginny...praying for you too.

Renee said...

Hi Gayle..I appreciate your prayers so much! Thank you and praying for you too....God bless.

Kim said...

Renee, thank you for sharing this. That is incredible. I always say if God hits me with the same verse more than once in a short time, I know He's telling me something. But ELEVEN times? Wow! I think I need to learn from this as well. Thank you for the faith you share.

Renee said...

You are welcome, Kim. I have only recently realized that getting this verse eleven times is God's way of hitting me over the head with something very important for my life, my healing, my relationship with Him.