My friend and I were preparing to exercise. As usual, I grabbed my water bottle ready to give my workout all I had, but because my friend was trying to lock her car door, she asked me to hold her water bottle too. Instinctively, I reached out my hand to carry her bottle. However, as I approached the gym door, I realized that both my hands were full, and I was unable to open the gym door and go inside. I realized that I would have to give her bottle back to her to open the door. So, when she finished locking her car and walked up, I handed her bottle to her and opened the gym door.
At the moment that I could not open the door, I realized that if we are carrying our load as well as other people’s loads that we may miss opportunities that are available to us. The unlocked door may remain close because we have not placed ourselves in a position to receive the blessing. Yes, we are to help one another, and helping one another is an aspect of love. Yet, when the burden has become overwhelming for us, we need to release the burden to the One that can help.
In this situation, I was able to simply give her the bottle back, and she was able to carry her own “burden”. But what happens when you can’t give it back? What happens when you are looking for help, and no one else can or is willing to pick up where you left off? What happens when you simply cannot carry it any longer? This happens in life. It doesn’t make us weak, unloving, or someone trying to shirk responsibilities. It reminds us that we are human. But thankfully, that is all we need to be because we have a great burden bearer who can lift and lighten our load.
Matthew 11:28-29 says, “Come to me, all 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” (ESV). We have an invitation to lay our worries, concerns, and burdens at the feet of Jesus. In giving it to Jesus, we release. The pressure holding us down or holding us back is no longer there. We can move forward confidently knowing that Jesus will handle it.
How do we release these burdens? Sometimes, it is as simple as physically giving it back, as it was in my case. Sometimes, it happens when we say no. Sometimes, it is being honest and saying, “I can do this much, but not this.” Sometimes, it is saying, “Yes, I need help.” Sometimes, it is you saying, “God, I can’t handle this,” and God responding, “Don’t worry. I got you. I will strengthen you. Come over here and sit down for a moment.” No matter how it happens, we must release and trust that God will handle it as He sees best. Let’s release those burdens. We were never meant to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. The one Who created the world has always been there to shoulder the responsibility. Our challenge is to relinquish the role and trust God to do what He intended. Today, how will you release the burdens you were never meant to carry? Don’t miss the opportunity to abide in peace and experience rest.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Psalm 23: 1-3