This week as I was reflecting on my readings and exercises in MKEMMA course, one of the Bible passages that I described last week’s blog came to my mind again.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (bold and italic added)
Especially the phrase “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”
You see I started this practice of asking God at the end of every year to give me a verse to focus on and practice for the following new year. For last 3 years, God gave me this same passage to work through again and again.
I think I am going to claim this as my “Life Verse” as I reflect back and see how much I have grown through this passage.
Initially He focused on the word “Come”, inviting me to leave the life that I’ve lived for so long, working hard and serving God and others out of tradition, duty and habit. Yes, I knew Jesus as my Savior and Lord and I loved God and dedicated my life to Him and His service. Over period of time though it became evident that my joy and peace were slipping away and I was becoming “weary and burdened.”
It took such a long time for me to realize how hard it was to just “Come away” to leave all the worries, concerns, cares behind and just focus on Him alone and “Me”.
That’s why it took so many years of journey for me to experience “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I give you a rest.”
While I was working through this passage, my oldest daughter Ashley, drew this picture and gave it me as a birthday gift so I hung this picture in my work area in the dining room to be reminded.
This week’s Hannal’s reading 20:18. “Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary, the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have thus come into possession of a sense of poise and power you will be ready to receive the information or inspiration or wisdom which may be necessary for the development of your purpose.” (bold and italic added)
When I come to Jesus and be in tune with Him, I am doing exactly what Hanaal is describing here “Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary, the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated.” It’s a great place to be.
This week as I reflect back on my journey with this passage and also with MKEMMA course over last 20 weeks, I could now really understand what “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me” means and how important and crucial this practice is.
Hanaa’s reading 20:27. “Thought is creative vibration and the quality of the conditions created will depend upon the quality of our thought, because we cannot express powers which we do not possess. We must “be” before we can “do” and we can “do” only to the extent to which we “are,” and so what we do will necessarily coincide with what we “are” and what we are depends upon what we “think.” (bold and italic added)
I need to focus on “Being” before I can carry out any “Doing” and of course “Being” comes from “Thinking, Communicating with God, Meditating on His Truth”.
Imagine two oxen carrying the yoke together! Each one has the strap or bow around the neck and they are connected to the beam of the yoke. What I understood by imagining this picture was they need to be “in step” with each other. As the one leads, the other has to take the same step each time otherwise, you won’t be in “Harmony”.
Hanaal’s reading 20:28. “Every time you think you start a train of causation which will create a condition in strict accordance with the quality of the thought which originated it. Thought which is in harmony with the Universal Mind will result in corresponding conditions.”
I have to be “in step” with Jesus as He is inviting me to take His Yoke upon me and “learn” from Him. I just have to stay in tune with Him and move each step with Him.
See, He is not saying that He needs my help carrying the yoke, no, He is saying He is the one carrying it and I just have to follow along as He is directing, guiding, making things happen. Of course He is telling me and showing me what He is doing each time not necessarily telling me steps ahead but only one step at a time.
What would happen if I want to take my own step thinking that I know what to do or know what next step is?
Hanaal’s reading 20:30. “It is the individual attempting to coerce the Universal, the finite in conflict with the Infinite. Our permanent well-being will be best conserved by a conscious cooperation with the continuous forward movement of the Great Whole.”
Yes, that’s exactly what I am doing as Hannal stated “coercing the Universal, the finite (Me) in conflict with the Infinite (God)”, I will delay the process and it will be a struggle pulling or stretching the yoke because He is not movable by my step. He is steady, calm, under control and Omnipotent and Omniscient. How dare am I to try to lead and pull away from Him. I only need to stay with Him, listen to Him, watch Him and follow Him.
When I do this, the Law of Attraction is happening because He is making them happen and I am just joining in and enjoying the joy and peace.
That’s what I want constantly in my life!
I am calm, peaceful, confident and loving!
I am nature’s greatest miracle because He made me very unique and special to fulfill my own unique calling, vision and mission alongside Him. What a privilege and blessing it is!