For over 25 years we have supported missionaries Dan & Diane Hintz. They are Wycliffe Bible Translators living in Peru and working with a team of dedicated Peruvian Quechua people doing Bible translation and linguistics. In a recent newsletter Dan shared an encouraging insight from Matthew 11 and I thought you all might enjoy it as well.
“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)
Last week we came to Matthew 11:28-30. For many years I (Dan) found it hard to understand these verses on work and rest. How exactly does a yoke connect to “rest for your souls”? I reasoned: “Even with a yoke perfectly fitted to me, and doing the work God prepared for me, it is still work and not rest, right?”
I asked Diomi, “What do you understand from these verses?” He put it simply. “A young bull is physically strong, but hasn’t yet learned to direct this strength. So we put the young bull in one side of the yoke and pair it with an older, experienced bull in the other side.
The young bull learns from the older when to exert and when to rest. It begins to understand how to ease into the yoke and not lunge forward or jerk from side to side. Eventually, the young bull learns to adjust the position of its feet, head, and shoulders in coordination with the other bull. How beautiful to watch them advance the plow in a straight, efficient line.”
How often do we resist the yoke? Or push forward in our work, so wrapped up in “progress” that we don’t sense God’s direction to be at rest. Or rush into an activity, only to find the yoke digging into our shoulders because the load is beyond what He means for us to bear.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” Could it be that Jesus is inviting us to be yoked with Himself? What an honor to learn from Jesus, following His lead, whether forging ahead or resting, allowing Him to coordinate every aspect of our lives.
Dan & Diane Hintz