By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ…for each one shall bear his own load (burden)” (Galatians 6:2, 5).
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Whatever burdens we are now carrying, we must let Jesus help us bear the load. There are some burdens that we have to bear ourselves because no one can bear them for us. Then there are some burdens we can share, settle together, and help each other. Also, there are other burdens that we need to turn over to God.
A man was giving a lecture to students on stress management. He held up a glass of water and asked, “How heavy do you think this is?” There was a wide range of answers.
He then illustrated: “It does not matter about the exact weight, but for our thinking, it depends on how long I hold it. It is no trouble to hold it for a minute, but if I hold it for an hour, my arm will begin to ache. If I hold it all day, you may have to call an ambulance. It is still the exact same weight, but, in a sense, the longer I hold it the heavier it becomes.”
If we carry our burdens all the time alone, and without the help of God and others, sooner or later, our burdens will become so heavy we will have difficulty in carrying on.
Referring to the above, we can hold the glass longer if we put it down and rest before holding it again. So, we need to put our burdens down with God’s help to be refreshed and able to carry on.