He Doesn't Offer a Hammock

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm grateful for the nubby pencils next to the hymnals in my church. They come in handy when a line from the sermon suddenly resonates, and I cannot find a pen in my purse. I grabbed one the other Sunday, during a sermon entitled, "Yokes."

This is a yoke:
It is a frame that allows two draft animals to work together (and often) pull a heavy load. It is meant for work, but Jesus used it to talk about rest.

"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." Matthew 11:28-30

This is the line that got me:

He offers not a hammock,
but a yoke.

That stuck with me, because guess what - I'd love a hammock! But Jesus isn't like that. He offers work to find rest.

He does not give us an invitation to put our feet up and take a load off. Quite the opposite - we are invited to carry a light burden, an easy yoke, but still, a burden. We are invited to learn lessons. We are invited to model the gentleness and humility of Christ.

Then we will find rest for our souls. For our souls - not for our bodies.

Not a hammock, but an easy yoke.

I find a strange comfort in that. What do you think?

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9 Responses to “He Doesn't Offer a Hammock”

  1. Hi Courtney.  I never thought about it like that but yes, it is strangely comforting.  In the sense that I don't feel like I got it wrong thinking Christianity is not a easy road, just one you don't have to walk alone.
    Great post
    God bless

  2. Thanks, Tracy - I feel the same way.

  3. the spiritual disciplines do take a lot of effort...thankfully, we're also invited to just "Be Still and know that He is God" and "Lie down in green pastures" once in a while... :)

  4. Never thought of this verse in that light before but you know I am with you: looking for a hammock, not another yoke.  "He offers work to find rest"  great thought to ponder this week.  Thanks

  5. I've never thought of it that way - thanks for the insights to ponder.  Powerful stuff!

  6. Is it amazing that He offers a yoke, so that He could come alongside of us?


  7. I love it that there are two oxen . . . oxen community.


  8. Ah, yes - isn't that good?  And the phrase, "oxen community" is making me crack up this morning.  Thanks, Glenda!

  9. Ok, I did not know this. Now this verse so comes alive for me, good insight, if we take Him on as our Yoke He then in return will make our burden light. WOw, good stuff, love, love, love, thanks!