'The burden carrier'

Wednesday Reflection

16th September 2020

'...and carries us day by day'

'Blessed be the Lord
 who bears our burdens
 and carries us day by day'.
   ... Psalm 68:19a

Are you one to whom everyone comes
when they are in trouble?
Do you carry other people's burdens
as well as your own?

My son, working in a college,
is a 'fixer',
mostly he's working from home
these days, but one day,
back in college,
he realised that, by 4pm,
he had done none of his own work,
he had spent all his day
trouble shooting for others,
he just cannot say, 'No'.
Does this sound familiar to you?

Are you that 'turn-to' person?
When the burdens become too heavy for us,
how can we become productive people?
How can we learn to say, 'No.'
when it is against our nature?

Where does a Christian go to find instant relief?
Turning to God in a few minutes of prayer
or opening up a Bible
and meditating on his Word
can work wonders
for Jesus has the answer, he says;

28 "Come to me,
    all you who are weary and burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you
    and learn from me,
    for I am gentle and humble in heart,
    and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy
    and my burden is light."
    .... Matthew 11:28-30. NIV

He offers freedom from our burdens,
rest, peace and healing for the soul.
A yoke is a wooden bar
that allows two animals to be joined together
so that they can share the work load evenly.
Jesus is saying to us,

'Come and share my yoke with me
 and we will plough the field of life together.

King David, knew from experience
how God would help in times of trouble;
He wrote Psalm 68
(quoted at the top)
and in Psalm 145 he wrote;

He helps those who are in trouble;
he lifts those who have fallen. (v 14)
He is near to those who call to him
who call to him with sincerity. (v18)

St Augustine provided a prayer for us to use
when we want to hand over our burdens to God.
I am convinced, reading it through,
that he would have used it many times in his own life.

'God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies grey and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light,
run our eyes to where
the skies are full of promise;
tune our hearts to brave music;...''

We are all personally responsible
for our own actions,
but like the oxen,
we can share the burdens with Jesus
and we will receive peace of mind and rest
for our souls from him.
Yoke up with Jesus
because he is our willing burden carrier.