‘Europe’, I exclaimed. ‘That will be totally fantastic’. Then came the question that pops first in every woman’s mind, ‘What shall I wear?’ Followed closely by, ‘Which suitcase will I take?’
Travelling through life is exhilarating at times. We walk with lightness, there’s a spring in our step, joy in our heart and a smile on our face. At other times travelling through life is excruciatingly difficult. We walk as if carrying a heavy weight, our steps drag, pain in our heart and a frown on our face.
There are times when Jesus will come along side and say, ‘Let Me carry that heavy weight for you’, and there are times when Jesus will say, ‘Will you please unload and leave behind some of that excess weight you are carrying?’
1. Let me carry the weight for you.
We recently travelled through parts of Europe. Because a section of the trip was ministry before holiday it was necessary for me to pack both ministry and casual clothes. Hence my case was full, though one always leaves a little room for shopping!
A portion of our travel in Rome was by train. After arriving at our designated station, we found the exit and were horrified to be met with two flights of downward stairs. I thought, ‘Really, Rome, I am in the heart of a tourist area and you give me stairs!’ I looked at John and he looked at me, then he carried both his and my case down the stairs.
Along a passage we went and then there before us were two flights of stairs leading up. I won’t repeat what I thought this time! John looked at me and I looked at him, then he carried both his and my case up the stairs.
There are times in life and ministry when the load we find ourselves being required to carry is excruciatingly back breaking heavy. The load can be beyond our control or simply just be standing there staring us down when we lift our eyes. When the weight is this heavy we need someone to come alongside to carry it for us for a time. That person is Jesus.
As John looked at me and I looked at him, we both knew my case was too heavy for me to carry down and up those stairs by myself. Jesus knows the weight we can carry and He is right there to help us as needed.