July 24, 2014

Lay Down your Burdens

 A psychologist, teaching stress management, picked up a glass of water, and asked her students, “How heavy is this glass of water?” The answers ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. 

Then the professor announced,  “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem, but if I hold it for a day, my arm will be in pain. The weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like the glass of water. Think about them briefly and nothing happens. Dwell on them day after day, and in time, you will feel incapable of doing anything else.”

The professor made her point, but I like to imagine that when the teacher finished the lesson, a student made this offer, “When you reach the point when you are in pain, I will hold your burden.”

In the Gospel of Matthew, we learn of Jesus’ invitation to hold our burdens:  
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Lyrics in a song by Kelly Willard are about accepting Jesus’ invitation:
“I cast all my cares upon You, I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet,
And any time I don't know what to do I will cast all my cares upon You.”