I’m not much of a rugged outdoorsman. In fact, my idea of camping involves bug-proof screened windows and indoor plumbing. But, as a teenager, I did experience a few wilderness trips that tested my mettle.
On one expedition, a group of us hiked a rocky mountain trail. We carried our essentials in backpacks, with our sleeping bags rolled up and tied underneath. We clomped through the Rocky Mountain terrain in clunky hiking boots in the scorching August sun. The scenery was gorgeous, but the air was thin.
Some of us grew weary within the first hour or two. We begged our guide to let us stop and rest, but this seasoned sojourner urged us on.
We finally made it to the appointed campsite, where we splashed in the clearest, coldest water we’d ever seen.
It was worth the trip.
Along the way, though, we learned about burdens. Those backpacks were heavy on the way up the hill. At one point, I am certain my shoulders began to tremble.
They were considerably lighter on the homeward trek, as we traversed down the mountain.
God knows all about burdens. He offers to be our Burden Bearer, helping us to complete our daily and life-long journeys with supernatural strength. Often, He brings fellow travelers along to help us carry the loads for a while.
What’s more, He provides sweet resting spots along the way, if we will stop and look for His signs.
Today’s Bible promise points the way.
Cast your burden upon the Lord
and He will sustain you.
He will never allow the righteous
to be shaken.
(Psalm 55:22, NASB)
Burdens are heavy loads. We will likely always have them in this life. But what a lift it is to know that we need not carry them all by ourselves.
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