Five Animals That Teach Us to Trust God 5) Oxen


“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gently and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Ever woke up with a spring in your step? Maybe you just received some good news or were looking forward to an event in the near future. Either way, you probably felt as light as a feather. Well, God wants to carry our burdens for us – leaving us light and free. This Bible verse describes a place of rest as being yoked right next to Jesus. Ever seen two oxen in a yoke? They are side by side, connected by the same harness. When we walk in step with Jesus – when we become His disciple- He carries the weight of our burden for us. We will still have problems and challenges in our lives, but we can be free of the stress and hassle knowing that we are never alone. That way, we can have a spring in our step.

The place of peace, the place of safety, and the place of purpose are all found close to God’s heart. When we draw close to God, we will receive whatever we need. True strength often means acknowledging when we need help. We cannot live peaceful, secure lives on our own –no matter how much time and energy we pour into our efforts. Just as sheep, birds, chicks, and oxen show us, only when we surrender and allow God’s love to carry us will we find rest.


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