A LIBERATING YOKE
“Put not your trust/hope in princes, in the sons of man, in whom there is no salvation.” (Ps 145/146: 3)
This verse warns me about having improper expectations of human beings, including myself. And by “improper” I mean the kind of trust we have in God, in Whom we find “salvation.” The word “salvation” (from the Latin “salvus,” meaning “sound” or “whole,” referring to people’s health) means the process of our recovery or restoration to health. While God does work through other people in this process, it is His grace that brings about healing and recovery through and amidst human interaction.
Today I am mindful of letting God’s grace into the picture of all my relationships, with myself and other people. No human being can fill the hole in my heart, when it wanders off and seeks fulfillment outside God, in burdensome self-reliance or human codependency.
Let me rather take His “yoke“ upon me today, and carry it into all my relationships. His “yoke“ liberates me from the burdens of grace-less human interaction, bringing me healing and peace. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me," Christ says to me today, "for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Mt 11: 29)