Learn and Lean?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Trying to do it alone, the trials of this life would only crush us. Our labor may never be over as long as we walk this earth. But, the promise is that what we do carry will be lighter with the Son of God walking at our side. What better partner to learn from and lean on?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I lost a muffler on my car several years ago. I backed over a curb and the whole assembly, including the hanger, snapped off the car. What had been a muffled purr only moments before had now become a deafening roar. Replacing a muffler on a Corvair, while not the worst of jobs, can be tedious. The hanger mechanism is complicated and because of the car’s low profile, working under it can be a challenge. I wasn’t looking forward to crawling under there amid the rust specks and oil drips and doing the work. That is until my son Dan volunteered to help me. Dan is good at fixing things, especially cars. If it’s covered in grease and smells like fuel, that’s a gourmet menu to Dan. Dan also has every possible wrench know to man as well as the patience to be meticulous and get the job done right. Ultimately, we both crawled under that car and got the job done. What had been a heavy burden for me, something putting pressure on my time and patience, had become bearable because Dan was there to learn from and lean on.

Carrying our burdens is a matter of perspective. The burdens often become heavier when we bear them alone.

Here’s a thought: Sir Robert Ball, the great English astronomer, said that a man who carries a 60 pound sack of corn on earth could as easily carry six such sacks of corn, or 360 pounds, on a globe the size of the moon. But in a world as large and vast as the sun, even to pull out a watch from one’s pocket would be, to tug at a weight of five or six pounds. It would literally be impossible to lift an arm, and if once a man were to lie down he might not get up again.(Sunday At Home)

So also, in the spiritual realm: The weight of our burdens depends on the pull of the earth and its earthly pleasures on our hearts and minds. If the world is everything to us, its burdens would eventually crush and overwhelm us. The Bible tells us, however, that we are to “learn from (Jesus)” . . . and we will “find rest for (our) souls” (Matthew 11:29). Just as Dan’s tools made a difficult job bearable, so too our earthly life when we join with Christ in our burdens. Trying to do it alone, the trials of this life would only crush us. Our labor may never be over as long as we walk this earth. But, the promise is that what we do carry will be lighter with the Son of God walking at our side. What better partner to learn from and lean on?

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord once again we are so often tempted to strike out first with the tools we have to correct any problem that comes up in life. Even though we know that You give us confidence and courage to tackle anything that presses on us, that confidence and courage is nothing unless we first begin the process of work and renewal with a plea to You for Your help and Your guidance. Forgive us Lord when we are too stubborn or neglectful to turn to You and find ourselves burdened and weighed down by the problems of this life. Help us to spend time in prayer and meditation before we tackle any problem: big or small. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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