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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: His Yoke
By Frederick Roback


It was a place one never wants for find one’s self. A place where the burdens of life had become so heavy that all you can focus on is what’s happening to you. Many years ago I found myself in this distressing self preoccupation. The walls of grief had closed in, painted in the colors of family issues and employment problems. In times past relief could be found in the sweet hour of prayer but this was different, things had gotten too heavy! Nevertheless I dragged myself to the church. I remember feeling numb as I opened the combination lock to release the church door key. Mechanically my feet trudged up the stairs to the sanctuary. It was a time I least expected to hear from God but a time when His Spirit was most willing to speak to me.
My prayer began as a heavy slow whisper, “Lord, I don’t even think I can pray tonight, my life has become a burden to heavy to bear”.
Then in an almost imperceptible way I heard a faint voice inside say, “Take my yoke upon you, for my burden is light and my yoke is easy”.
I replied with a despairing tone, “I’d love to have your light and easy yoke but right now I’ve got a heavy one that I can’t get rid of”. I thought the dialogue was over till I heard the following words I’ll never forget. “Well, why don’t you ask me to place my yoke upon you? If you ask me I will have to remove your yoke in order to put mine on.”
The words startled and humbled me. Such a simple solution, ask God to put his yoke on me and he will have to take mine off. Faith stirred in me because I realized all along I had been struggling with something God could deal with. So in childlike response I simply said; “Alright, put your yoke upon me.” From that point on I began to pray about all kinds of things, the church to grow, revival to come, and God’s blessing and salvation for various people. Some time passed, and when it came time to leave I felt lighter in my step as I bounced down the stairs into the parking lot. There was a peace and joy completely out of character with the way I had entered into prayer. It was then that it occurred to me that not once had I prayed about any of my own issues but only for others. Then I understood that God’s yoke will cause me to care for others and forget myself. In this alone is true rest found.
“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.” *
*(Scripture from NIV Bible Matthew 11:29)

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C D Swanson 01/26/13
Timeless message.

Good job with the topic.

God bless~
Joanne Sher 01/26/13
I can feel your passion and the truth of this entry. Thank you for sharing your story here!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/27/13
This is a great devotion. You did a nice job of telling a true story to start out with that people can relate to.

I did notice some tiny errors that can be fixed easily buy a good proofreader like the punctuation goes inside the quotation marks and once you had to instead of too.

Overall I think you did a great job. You did some nice showing in the beginning that helps the reader paint a picture in her mind. Your Bible verse was a perfect fit. Good job.
Michelle Knoll 01/28/13
Oh, beautiful, so beautiful. A great reminder of God's gentleness with His children. Loved your story, and I know a lot of people in ministry who have felt just like your MC. Thanks for writing this.
C D Swanson 01/31/13
Congrats. God bless~