'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavyladen. . . . Take my yoke upon you, . . . for . . . my burden is light'(Matthew 11:28-30)
The Savior's burden is light because He never had to carry the effects of sin and transgression. He never had the weight of guilt and remorse weighing Him down. He was able to live His life perfectly, and by doing so was able to atone for our sins. What an incredible thought- to have gone through mortal life without once making a mistake that causes you to feel guilty, to never commit an act that you regret for years afterwards. (This doesn't mean that the Savior didn't have pain in His life- far from it. He suffered pains of every kind, even before Gethsemane and His crucifixion.)
I've often wondered how it is that we're supposed to take His yoke upon us even though I understand the use of a yoke and how it spreads the weight evenly between two animals. I understand that Jesus is able to take my burden and make it lighter. What struck me today is that He wants us to not only have our own burden lightened, but He wants us to experience His burden. To experience His burden, to me, would mean that I am forgiven and leave behind my old self and am able to let go of all of the guilt, fears, and things that hold me back. I would be able to get a sense of what it felt like to live a sinless life. What would it really feel like to have no lingering doubts or feelings of inadequacy because of what I've done in my life? I wish I could say that I'm familiar with that feeling and that I regularly experience His burden, but I still stuggle. What gives me comfort is knowing that it is possible, and someday I'll get to the point that I can feel that way all the time. With His help the burdens of my own sins and mistakes can be taken away and I can have the peace that only He can bring.
This scripture came to me at a point when I really needed it because I am struggling with one of the toughest challenges I've ever faced. (I can't share at this point, but will soon.) I'm praying that God will keep holding me up every single day and keep giving me the hope and courage that it will take to make it through this. Please keep me in your prayers- I really need it right now.