It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
Seeking freedom from anything apart from Christ leads to enslavement.
Running from relationships, fleeing responsibilities, ignoring the prodding of the Holy Spirit when He is calling you to do hard things… this running ensnares us, dragging us back to the very bondage we were attempting to escape.
It is wise to remember that when I take the yoke of Christ upon me, I am choosing the best way. Even when the weight seems anything but light. Linking to His yoke invites me to learn from Him because He is right there beside me, easing the discomfort and helping to bear the load. He teaches me how to handle the trials that are a part of my growth; He shows me the best way to pull through the hard times. He shifts the brunt of the burden upon His own broad shoulders and speaks words of encouragement along the way.
Most importantly, He never once turns my feet toward the way of captivity but always, always purposes my steps toward broad spaces of greater freedom.
Do not be misled by your present situation. Do not lose hope in the journey, even though this very place may appear as anything but free.
Things are not always as they seem. Seldom as they feel.
Yield to the yoke of Jesus; press in close to feel His breath upon your neck as He eases the weight upon your shoulders, shifting to bear more of it upon Himself.
Wade through the hard spots and resist the urge to bend to lies which would make you believe these present difficulties could not possibly be a part of God’s plans for you. He knows the way is hard. He knows you are tired of straining, tired of the burning blisters from holding on, but He’s asking you to remain. To stand fast. Right here in this moment of hard.
Trusting, leaning, believing still that God is in this, despite the hurt.
Look beyond your hopes for deliverance this day and see the freedom that is here in the mire. See the Savior beside you in the muck, and lean into the joy He offers even when your face is streaked with muddy tears.
True freedom is not found in a different path or in a different situation. Freedom is found in leaning into the yoke of the One who pulls beside you.
Here in this moment of Hard, He is asking you to live. Free.