“For my yolk is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
“In most cases today, once our fight or flight response is activated, we cannot flee. We cannot fight. We cannot physically run from our perceived threats. When we are faced with modern day, saber tooth tigers, we have to sit in our office and “control ourselves.” We have to sit in traffic and “deal with it.” We have to wait until the bank opens to “handle” the bounced check. In short, many of the major stresses today trigger the full activation of our fight or flight response, causing us to become aggressive, hyper vigilant and over-reactive. This aggressiveness, over-reactivity and hyper vigilance cause us to act or respond in ways that are actually counter-productive to our survival. Consider road rage in Los Angeles and other major cities.
It is counterproductive to punch out the boss (the fight response) when s/he activates our fight or flight response. (Even though it might bring temporary relief to our tension!) It is counterproductive to run away from the boss (the flight response) when s/he activates our fight or flight response.”*
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yolk is easy and my burden is light.‘” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Unlike the stress of an unreasonable deadline or unfulfilled expectations or all the other “modern day saber tooth tigers”, God’s yolk is easy and his burden is light. He calls me to learn from him and walk daily with Him, not simply visit in crisis. His will for my life is purpose filled, merciful and just. The more I know of God and his commands, the more His way makes my triggers melt and my vision come into focus. I don’t need hyper vigilance because God keeps me.
Challenge: If I want God to be my stress management system, I must take on his yolk. This means I am to know him and have a relationship with His Spirit, His Ways, His Sacrifice. I will spend time every day, excited to learn more about Him and His will for my life, now and in eternity.