In my quiet time yesterday morning a picture like this came to my mind. It represents the yoke that Jesus is asking me to carry in my life. Often, it is a hard yoke, full of pain, heartbreak, and sacrifice.
But, what I realized is that God is already in my suffering. I’m not asking Him to join me, but He is asking me to join Him. It is Christ that I accompany in my suffering. He’s already there.
Furthermore, I realized that even though I will be locked in and have "hard work to endure" (2 Cor.), it is really Jesus who is carrying the weight of my burdens. All He’s asking for is my acceptance, obedience, and trust. Can I not graciously offer to Him who has unfathomably offered ME all things??