When Things are Heavy

There will always be challenges in life. Adversity is a constant for all of us. The famed author C. S. Lewis once said, “We are mistaken when we compare our [present situation] to ‘normal life.’ Life has never been normal. Even those periods we think most tranquil…turn out, on closer inspection, to be full of crises, alarms, difficulties, emergencies.” 1

At times the trial may seem too much to bear. But there is always someone willing to share the load.

The Savior said:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).


David Bednar explains, “A yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals that enables them to pull together on a load. A yoke places animals side-by-side so they can move together in order to accomplish a task.”

“Consider the Lord’s uniquely individual invitation to “take my yoke upon you.” Making and keeping sacred covenants yokes us to and with the Lord Jesus Christ. In essence, the Savior is beckoning us to rely upon and pull together with Him, even though our best efforts are not equal to and cannot be compared with His. As we trust in and pull our load with Him during the journey of mortality, truly His yoke is easy and His burden is light.” “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease”, David A. Bednar

The load each person has been given to bear is heavy, but the Savior has offered aid to all who will turn to Him. What an amazing blessing! When we partner with Jehovah, He strengthens us through life’s challenges and adversities. Who better to yoke ourselves with than Jesus Christ, whose infinite love of mankind led Him to lay down His life for us.

When we yoke ourselves with the Savior, He promises to lift us where we fall short. Christ’s great atonement is the healing balm that can strengthen us through every sorrow and trial. Might we all remember to stay tethered to the Master Healer, who will help us carry the load when we can’t manage alone.  May we feel His gentle arms carrying us home.

In faith,


  1. C. S. Lewis, “Learning in Wartime,” in The Weight of Glory (2009).