His Yoke Is Easy

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What is a yoke?

As my regular readers know, even though I’m the Farmer’s Wife, I didn’t grow up in the country.  I didn’t know about farm animals until I married the Farmer and moved out here.  I grew up in the second largest city in the states (at least at the time).

There has been a huge learning curve for me here.  My poor husband has answered more questions about cows and horses and pigs than any man ought to be tormented with.  But last year I asked him a question that changed something specific about my understanding of my Savior.

His Yoke Is Easy.  A deeper understanding of just how nurturing His yoke really is.

One day as we were once again going through one of the many old barns, I asked him what some very large things were hanging in the tack room.

“Those are yokes,” he told me.

Oh!  I’ve heard of those!  I thought to myself.  I went over and inspected them carefully, trying to picture in my head how they would work.  I finally had to ask.

“You put one around each animal’s neck, and they work as a team,” he informed me.  I imagined this for awhile, but then noticed one set that was smaller on one side than the other, and I pointed this one out to him.

“This doesn’t look like a very well matched team,” I said.  He kind of smiled at me and then explained.

“That’s how you train a younger, inexperienced one.  You hook him up to an older, wiser one who just knows the way.  The big one pretty much carries the load and guides the smaller one.”

A light bulb went off as I started to understand what he was saying to me.

“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 11:29-30

Before when I read this verse, I imagined one of those yokes you put on your shoulders to haul water pails or the like.  I imagined the workload that the Lord gave me to be very light buckets of living water.  But now… there was new meaning.

If instead, I take the Lord’s yoke, as I saw it now before my eyes, I would have no choice but to put that small side on myself.  I am the young, inexperienced creature.  My Lord would have the larger side, and indeed He knows the way.  He carries the load while I follow and learn from His guidance.

I imagine that once I accept His yoke, I walk beside Him in open fields.  In this sence, I readily allow Him to guide my path–every step.  He keeps me from walking into danger that He knows of, that I cannot yet understand.  He leads me to the best food, the best water, and the best resting area.

I imagine that when I stop trying to learn by myself and instead look to the Good Teacher, that indeed, the yoke is easy–and the burden is light.


I now look to this verse not only to teach me about workloads, but also life lessons.  I don’t want to be the foolish and naive creature running the fields toward I-know-not-what.  I want to be strapped onto Jesus–going freely where He leads me and learning the path He chooses for me.


“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 11:29-30


When was the last time you took His yoke upon you?


6 thoughts on “His Yoke Is Easy

  1. Haha! That’s so funny! I had no clue about anything country until I came here. God has a funny way of teaching us things, doesn’t He? 🙂
    (It is also a water carrying device as well though…)
    Blessings Sarah

  2. Wonderful thoughts on being yoked together with Jesus. I want to learn from Him. To do this I need to be yoked together in all I do. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Deborah, In our Bible study one night we were talking about being yoked to Jesus. Someone showed a picture of the yoke. One woman exclaimed, “That’s a yoke.” I thought it was talking about a double yoked egg!” A picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks for the wonderful reminder than He carries the brunt of the weight.

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