Doing it alone results in an untenable load. It satisfies pride but not the burden. Life’s burdens beg for a second set of helping hands. We need to know the difference. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
I’ve always been one to take on burdens too heavy for myself, and then looking for ways of improvising in order to bear the load. Asking someone to assist me with the burden does usually cross my mind at some point early on in the decision to lift and tote. However, the thought is quickly supplanted by my Rube Goldberg mindset focused on fabricating some means by which the burden might still be carried alone. For example, there’s that very heavy fire pit that we put away every Winter and take out each Spring. Made of heavy gauge metal with inlaid ceramic tiles, it’s definitely not a one-man carry. Nevertheless, I’m alway looking for ways of doing it myself. If I can just stand it up on an end, tip it over onto the edge of the wheelbarrow, and slide it over carefully, I can make it to the backyard. Unfortunately, there’s the small matter of unloading it again.
Doing it alone resulted in an untenable load. My pride was satisfied, but the burden wasn’t. It begged for a second set of helping hands. The burden presented itself as portable, my decision to do it alone made it cumbersome.
Here’s a thought from John Newton. “Burdens. I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and then another which we are to carry tomorrow and so on. This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday’s stick over again today, and adding tomorrow’s burden to our load, before we are required to bear it.” (John Newton.)
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22). Carrying that fire pit was doable. I don’t think that God intended for me to abandon the burden completely to my son or son-in-law. Both were around when I decided to move it, and I could have deferred to them. However, I believe that God wanted my hands involved. He simply wanted me to seek the appropriate help I needed. There are some things I don’t do, deferring to someone else altogether. I don’t climb on roofs since my knees won’t allow that. The roof is off-limit. It’s like that with God’s help as well. There are some things we’re never to carry. We ought never to carry the burden of sin or doubt in our lives. That’s off-limit; it belongs to God and God alone. God is, however, looking for you and I to consider how we ought to carry the burdens in life that arise nearly every day. Newton had it right. God apportions out his assistance in a manner that’s perfect to his nature. He will always carry that which we can’t. He wants us to carry the portion that we should and are capable of carrying and nothing more. Consequently, the burdens of yesterday are to be left for him as well as the potential burdens of tomorrow. These fall into the realm of devine cartage and not ours. Once again, off-limit. It’s Ok to carry the burdens of life just as long was we are careful to stay within the limits of the scope of our abilities.
We pray. Thank you Lord for taking the load of sin and guilt from our backs through Christ Jesus our Lord. And, thank you Lord for helping us carry the load of life’s burdens, day in and day out. Help us Father to understand that you will never take away all the burdens of life. You expect us to have a hand on these. Forgive us though when we try to do it alone, or even worse, carry the burdens of yesterday and the fears of tomorrow into the daily burdens you are willing to help us carry. Make us mindful Lord of know which loads to carry. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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