"Let me carry that for you."

Spring is yard work time, and I've sure done my share of yard work these past months.   I've shopped at a few stores so many times for yard stuff that I think the cashier may know me by name.  When I go through the checkout line after shopping, it doesn't matter if the items I'm purchasing are two hanging plants and a pair of gardening gloves or three bags of cement with 8-foot pieces of lumber, it almost never fails that the cashier will ask, "Do you need help carrying that to the car?"
 I normally say, "No, thanks."  Not because I don't need the help, but because I'm rather impatient waiting for help to arrive.  On the few occasions that I have enlisted the help of the store, they usually direct me to go wait somewhere for the promise of help to arrive.    

Waiting...doesn't usually bring out my better qualities.   

Yet, I have waited...and waited...and waited.  I think you get the picture.

But when the help finally arrives, I'm glad that it's some young guy who is lifting the six 40-pound bags of salt into the back of my van.  

I can't help but wonder, do I do the same thing with the Lord?  He says, "Let me carry that for you."  But I scrutinize the situation taking in all the factors. 

  • Do I really need to bother the Lord with this?  Surely, I can handle it on my own.
  • How long will I have to wait for the Lord's help? Is this one of those lessons in patience.  Lord, did You mean, now, right now--You'll carry that for me, NOW?
  •  What will people think if I ask for help?  I'm weak.  I can't let that happen.  I've got to buck-up and carry this all on my own!  People are watching.
Does Jesus really wants to carry our burdens?  In Psalm 68:19 The Lord refutes every excuse I can come up with when it comes to carrying my own burdens.    

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.

Humm?  Why am I making more work for me than necessary?  Why would I carry burdens, when someone is willing to carry them for me?  What do I have to prove?

My prayer and you may want to pray it today too!

"Lord, I don't want to carry this burden another moment!  You said, 'Let me carry that for you.'  So, here it is.  Take it.  It's all yours.  Oh, and one more thing…I'll be back tomorrow."


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