My friend, may I ask you a question? Resting securely on His shoulders, is there ever any doubt that we can’t cope with life’s problems and challenges on our own? If we rely on Christ, are we just along to enjoy the ride.?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Have you ever been so worn out, so wearied by the burdens of life, that you just couldn’t take another physical or emotional step? I venture a guess that each one of us has felt that way from time to time. And we still might be there if it hadn’t been for someone, whether friend, sibling or spouse, who had come along, beheld our sorry state, lifted our burden and carried it for us. Those are sweet times indeed. There is something unexplainably comforting when an emotional load is suddenly lifted from our hearts.
Here’s a story: “Pastor George Muller was often impressed by the many recurring statements of Jesus for us ‘to ask.’ Early on in his ministry, he launched into a daring experiment. First, he and his wife gave away all of their household goods. Then he refused all regular salary from his small mission church. He then set out to establish an orphan home to care for homeless children. The first home was dedicated in a rented building. Within a matter of days, 43 orphans were being cared for. Muller decided that the success of the orphanage would not be measured by the numbers served or by the amount of money taken in, but by God’s blessing on the work, which Muller expected to be in direct proportion to the time spent in prayer. The public was amazed when a second building was opened six months later. Eventually there were five new buildings and 2,050 orphans being cared for. Muller not only counted on God to provide, but he believed that God would provide abundantly. For over 60 years he recorded every prayer request and the results. Muller was responsible for the care of 9,500 orphans during his life. These children never went without a meal. Muller never asked for help from anyone but God.” (Steve Shepherd)
Muller lived a life of trust based on his knowledge of Christ the burden bearer. His Savior was the carrying kind. This is the sum of the Gospel; the fact that it is a “carrying” message not a burdening one. Our burdens are to be carried by a loving Shepherd Savior who knows no burden too heavy to carry. Resting securely on His shoulders, there is never any doubt that we can’t cope with life’s problems and challenges. So, enjoy the ride. The view up top is fabulous as we bump along through this life astride the shoulders of our Jesus, the carrying-kind of a Savior.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Look how the wild flowers grow: they don't work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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