“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation.” (Psalm 68:19 NIV1984)
A skit was performed at my grandmother’s church on Good Friday that deeply impacted me.
After the pastor’s message, two well known ladies In the church seated themselves next to the pulpit, at a small table with coffee mugs in their hands, and packs on their backs.
Their talk went something like this:
“Oh, I was so hoping that my husband and I would be able to go up to Canada for our vacation this year, but with the economy the way it is, I just don’t think it’s possible.”
“That’s too bad.”
“Yeah, and I really need it this year. Everything is just so stressful.”
“Yeah, I mean, look at the world, it’s so unbelievably messed up! There’s so much wrong with our world!”
As the ladies continued their conversation, a large rock was being added to the packs on their backs every time they worried about the stuff in their lives. When they tried to stand up, they couldn’t because they were being weighed down.
They had to do something, so they prayed. Lo and behold, as they prayed, their burdens were removed and they once more felt alive, light and refreshed.
As I watched, I felt like a bullet had just hit me between the eyes. I had what could be described as an epiphany. I felt like I finally got it.
God doesn’t promise that our lives will be easy or painless, however, they will be easier and less painful if we allow him to take our burdens.
And when we do so, we will feel lighter and be better equipped to follow Him, unburdened by the unnecessary things of this world.
Shannon Meiers is a 16 year old home-schooled sophomore in high-school. Shes an aspiring writer, and is currently working with the special needs ministries at her church. Shannon, or Shan as her friends know her, is constantly learning… (read more…)