Yokes And Burdens

I am currently grappling with a major health issue. I may have to undergo a radical procedure in the coming days. Still in all, I am amazed by the wonder that is the human body. My body has served me well all these years in spite of the many abuses I have subjected it to. Although I have generally lived a healthy life in recent years, I am now paying for the immoderation and self-indulgence of my yesteryears.

The body has the best immune and protective system to defend it. A healthy body can fight off infections that it encounters everyday. It can repair any tissue that is damaged. It can bring itself back to homeostasis whenever there is imbalance among its systems. But an abusive and profligate lifestyle can wreck havoc even to this finely made machine that the body is.

I have learned that going a little bit hungry, experiencing that grumblings that come with hunger pangs every now and then, is healthier than having a full stomach most of the time. I have learned that a full night’s rest (at least eight hours) is important to allow the body to renew itself and regenerate all the damaged tissues and cells in the body. I have learned that exercise is important to stretch and stimulate my muscles to make them strong and resilient. I have learned to listen to my body to be able to attain and maintain a homeostatic balance in my life.

So, yokes and burdens are not to be avoided for they help me strain to move forward. I have to alternate them with moments of rest; for what does not break me will make me stronger.

The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
~ Psalm 105
Jesus said:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Matthew 11:28-30
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