The scriptures are clear that being a follower of Christ is not likely to be easy or comfortable. So how do we reconcile the following statement from the Lord with that knowledge?
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
His yoke may be easy and His burden light but still there is a yoke and there is a burden. Mortality has fit us all with yokes and burdens. No one is immune or free from the struggles of life. Implicit in His invitation, however, is the idea that we can choose to whom we are yoked and whose burdens we carry. It is in the comparison that they are light.
For some, to be yoked with Christ will require a letting go, to put down bad habits, vices, and unhealthy desires. For others, it may mean allowing the Lord to share their load. Of course, life is not always toil and drudgery. Water sometimes becomes wine. Nets sometimes burst from overflowing when fisherman let them down one more time after a day of futility. And occasionally storms cease and the seas become still at a word from the Master. In every case, however, these miracles, these moments of respite come only when we choose to wake the Master, hear his call from the shore and do as Mary admonished: “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” John 2:5