Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-one-who-understands.html
Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me.” (Matthew 11:29)
Following Jesus means that we have to keep walking on the ground, to keep struggling. The work of living does not necessarily become easier because we are disciples. In fact, discipleship can make life difficult. At the same time, life becomes radically different. Our struggles and pains become different struggles and pains. The reason for this is that we are no longer living our struggles and pains alone. Following Jesus indeed means that we live it in companionship with the One who understands us fully — our guide, fellow traveler, the One in whom we can trust our whole life.
— Henri J. M. Nouwen in “A Spirituality of Homecoming”