10th April 2013

The Little Ox

A Story, from Jesus’ picture:

“Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

The little ox was young and still small, but who said you have to be big and grown-up to do the job? He told himself he could plough as well as any.

The farmer shook his head but let him try. His first effort wasn’t very good; when he looked back the furrows were as wavy as an outing of snakes. But never mind, there was always another day. Sometimes the earth was dried and hard, and other days wet and heavy; it never seemed to be just right and when he looked back those pesky furrows were never straight. At night when he slept he dreamt of sunlight catching orderly lines of evenly mounded soil, but when he woke he knew he had another day of hard toil. He was exhausted by the unending effort.

One evening as he hung his tired head down to the ground and as the sun set and the evening stars came out he heard a deep voice coming from above him. “Are you tired? Worn out?” The little ox nodded. “Come to me…Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.”  The little ox looked up into the eyes of the largest, strongest ox he’d ever seen. “Keep company with me…” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG). ‘Yes, please,’ whispered the little ox.

So when the cock crew and life stirred in the farm yard, the little ox slipped into the harness alongside his powerful companion and together they tilled the fields. From dawn to dusk the big ox took the strain and showed him how to break up the heavy clods, how to turn perfect corners, and how to plough straight furrows. At the end of the day the little ox looked up at his new friend: “can we do this tomorrow?” “I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 MSG). The little ox slept well that night. After all, he thought, you can’t ask for any more tomorrows than that.

Humble Saviour, united together in you, may we rest in you, learn of you, and live life as only you know how, each and every day.

hilarybuck1About the Author:
Hilary Buck attends Grace Communion in Lewes, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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