Pulling Together

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me… Matthew 11:16-19; 25-30  Have you ever heard of a farmer who first pulls his own wagon and then decides to get a horse? That is in effect what we do. We try to pull our own wagon! In many situations it works for a while, but the field that we are trying to cultivate can be become so large that one of two things will happen. Either, we become overwhelmed and eventually give up or we get to a place where we can’t grow anymore or cover anymore territory – because we never consider yoking the wagon to the horse. This morning God’s message for us is – stop trying to pull our own wagon. Today, let us yoke our efforts to God’s truth and understanding, and allow our wagon to move according to God’s plan. If it goes in a direction we did not anticipate, then perhaps there is something God needs us to show us. Perhaps there is something we need to learn.

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The Long Way

Remember the long way…  Deuteronomy 8:1-3  I recently heard that according to some research, the first Monday of the year has been designated as the most depressing day of the year. Depression, an inability to experience feelings of hope, is a very serious illness and can’t be summed up in one day. Not even life itself can be summed up in day! It’s an ongoing process of learning, discernment and love. Everyday or moment won’t be clear and bright as the one before or after it and perhaps like the Israelites, getting to the place of promise comes by the long way.  I’ve come to understand that the long way isn’t just about time or distance, but also about all that is needed to learn in order that we be prepared for what God has promised. Prayerfully, may our hope be sustained as we inter-actively feed our spirit with the Word of God.