Lighten Up!

Imagine your travel agent calling and announcing that you have won a trip to a tropical island for 3 expense paid nights. The only problem is that the flight is scheduled to leave in a few hours. After you agree to accept the offer, you realize that there is not much time to pack. What would you do? In the interest of saving time you make the mistake of stuffing your wheel-less luggage with more than you really need for a 3-day trip. You have no problem getting the luggage into your car, but tugging it to the ticket counter seemed to be the longest walk ever. The luggage was a very heavy load and you are exhausted. You recognize and acknowledge that for the remainder of the trip you will have to get assistance. You choose to lighten your load.

Unfortunately, lifting and supporting heavy loads is a conscious choice that we make. While we are not physically carrying luggage everyday, we do deal with our emotional baggage on a daily basis. Even when we have a good day—the problems we face are still there taking a toll on us. Think about the burdens we willingly carry for years. The pressure makes us feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders.

Like carrying a physical load, an emotional load is also exhausting. Personal pain, low self-esteem, relationship issues, loneliness, problems on the job and financial crises are just some of the things that can weigh us down. We try to put it all on our backs and quite honestly, we are not designed to be strong enough to carry it by ourselves.

There will be times in your life when you don’t have the strength and stamina to carry the load. You must admit that the weight is just too much for you. The Lord is standing nearby willing and able to support you when you are unable to stand on your own—but you must allow Him to help you.

You should not attempt to carry your heavy luggage alone. Cast your cares and anxieties on Him. Matthew 11: 28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”