A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.
It was the largest bag the store had, and it weighed quite a bit. At the checkout counter, Cole struggled and strained to pick it up and carry it to the truck for me. He’s always so willing to be a “big helper.”
I stood there and watched his attempts. After trying several different grips and grunting and growling as much as he could, he finally looked at me and said he couldn’t lift it.
“That’s OK,” I said. “I’ll carry this.”
I handed him a bag with several lighter items in it, then reached over and picked up the topsoil. I hefted it onto my shoulder and we walked out of the store together.
Cole was in awe. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him cast several glances at the bag as I carried it.
When we got to the truck he exclaimed, “Daddy! You sure are strong! You carried that all the way to the truck!”
I smiled as I thought of him wanting to carry that load but being unable to do so. It made me think of the times when we try to carry loads we’re not able to. Not physical loads, but spiritual ones.
God can carry the burdens we can’t. He can carry them a lot further than we can, too.
Jesus carried the burden of our sins to the cross. Because of that, we are free of the eternal consequences of our sins.
Yet we still have daily burdens. And even though God dealt so decisively with the burden of our sins at Golgotha, we’re still often reticent about giving our daily burdens to him. We struggle and strain. We grunt and growl as we attempt to lift and carry them on our own. Too often we forget our heavenly father is standing nearby offering, “That’s OK. I’ll carry this.”
He is stronger than we are. He is more capable than we are. He can carry our burdens when we cannot.
The trick is stepping aside and letting him shoulder our burdens (Psalm 55:22). If Cole hadn’t stepped aside to let me take the bag of topsoil, we’d still be standing there today.
Some people are unwilling to step aside, insisting they can carry the burden. Because they are unwilling to give it to God, they are unable to move it, much less move on.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.