A Christian’s heavenly journey with his feet on the ground. Treasures shared that are discovered along the way.
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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Burden Bearer

When walking in wild places I always went well prepared. I filled my backpack with all the essentials: maps, compass, emergency rations, extra clothing and waterproofs and much more, just in case. I had difficulty cramming everything into the bulging sack. It felt heavy to start with, but once I was into my stride I got used to it. When, after several hours of walking I was slowed down and the straps chafed my shoulders, I just reminded myself to get a bigger and better sack and forged on!

On one memorable hot day in the mountains, I began to wonder whether we would ever make it back to base. When we eventually arrived back, worn out and dehydrated, it was such a relief and joy to remove my pack and bathe in the cool clear waters of the lake. It was an exquisite joyful feeling of freedom.

A burden can be a responsibility laid upon us by others, a wrong attitude, or just the weariness of life's circumstances that we didn't choose. Whatever, it can creep upon us almost without notice. We may even feel that it is our lot and think, "this is as good as it gets" and grit our teeth and keep going. We may look for diversions to take our mind of the pain, but the weariness of it all can wear us down and effect our well-being and health. There may come a time when deep inside we are really saying, "I can't take any more!"

Scripture makes it clear that Jesus wishes to carry our burdens for us. He longs for us just to come as we are and hand them over. I often imagine, that when we offer them, He snatches them away with glee and they are gone for ever. In Biblical parlance, we have laid them at the foot of the Cross and left them there.

It may be difficult to do this if the burden seems to be crushing us. We may need help, such as a trusted friend or minister to listen. I have found it helpful to write it all down as a letter to Jesus and even afterwards burning it. Such symbolic actions can help. Once, when I realised I was carrying a heavy responsibility that wasn't for me, I picked a large rock to represent the burden and heaved it into a deep lake, never to be seen again.

Don't give up, but give over and let Jesus take the strain.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 New International Version

2 comments :

  1. valerie lynn said...

    One of my favorite songs my mom use to sing was "Leave it There." The chorus goes, "Leave it there, leave it there, take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. If you trust and never doubt He will surely work it out. Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there." God can work out everything in our life if we would only surrender to Him. Beautiful writing my friend. God bless. Love you.

  2. Mike said...

    qqwboThank you.