I was proud of my new hiking boots but made a foolish mistake. I wore them backpacking without breaking them in. The second day out, a quarter sized blister appeared on the side of my heel infringing upon my ability to enjoy the remainder of the journey. Carrying a 45 pound pack only intensified the pain. I spent the next three days nursing my wound to prevent infection. Jesus promises light burdens. One translation says, My yoke fits perfectly, but I’ve carried a few that didn’t seem to fit and they certainly weren’t light. Trouble arises when we try to carry the yoke instead of letting Jesus man it. He will never give a burden lacking purpose or one so heavy we can’t bear with his assistance. Our burdens aren’t designed to be carried alone.
When God fits you with a burden, ask
- What are you teaching me?
- How should I respond? or
- What in my life needs eliminating or rearranging?