I heard the story of a man in a foreign country who was riding a train on a long tip. He held a heavy piece of baggage the entire trip. At the end of the trip as he got off the conductor inquired, “Why didn’t you put the bag down?” to which the man replied, “I didn’t know there was a place to put it.”

We, as followers of Jesus Christ, know we have a place to leave our heavy burdens but sometimes we have to be reminded to do so. Jesus is the burden bearer and is more than able to handle the heavy loads we sometimes are prone to try to carry ourselves.

Psalm 55:22 “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” I am trying to do more sitting quietly with the Lord in fellowship and friendship as I put down the heavy burdens and leave them with Him as I pray for the ones involved. Matthew 11:30 encourages us to “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

What one of us does not love the picture of rest? We find peace for our souls and strength to know the burden is off of our laps and into the very capable hands of Jesus as we hand it over to Him. What a relief to know he cares about each concern and has told us to give the burdens to Him.

© Peggy Park

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