Now this is the way to ride a bike! As much as I enjoy bicycling, I am not too thrilled about the soreness or leg cramps that often follow my rare excursions. How much nicer to share the pedaling! The rider in front is called the captain, the steerman or the pilot. As the stronger and more experienced rider, he is responsible for steering, braking, shifting, changing gears and keeping the bike balanced. The one in back is called the stoker and only helps with pedaling while listening and following directions.
Today’s verse is an invitation from Christ to come to Him for rest. Work does not stop but there is help. Being yoked with Him makes the burden of work lighter and easier to handle. He is gentle and humble and does not force Himself. But when I allow Him be the “steerman” than the load is shared and the result is rest for the soul. Being connected to Christ makes all the difference.
It takes a conscious effort on my part to come to Him and yield to Him the control. It is only when I come to the end of my own strength that I am open to the idea. To relinquish the controls is not always easy. I have my own ideas about how fast or slow I should be pedaling and what direction to take. But His plan is always the better one. There is relief when I allow Him to take charge. There is a lightness of heart when I can look around me and enjoy the journey. There is rest.
Lord, make my burden lighter today by giving me rest for my soul.