Backpacks

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

 

When Hayley played volleyball,  she had to carry a cumbersome backpack around with her to all of her tournaments. In it she had her shoes, ankle braces, kneepads, snacks, volleyball, athletic tape, socks, drinks, and a billion other things.   On top of that, she was usually bringing a blanket because the tournaments were so early. Rarely was there a game that I didn't see her daddy take her backpack from her and carry it for her. She rarely complained. Before the game she knew she had a long day ahead of her and after the games she was exhausted. To not carry that bag was a relief to my girl and a sweet gesture from her loving father.

While playing volleyball, she herniated two discs in her back and was unable to carry anything heavier than a spiral notebook and a pencil for months. Though she's an independent girl, the fact that she had been willing to let someone carry her bag for her in the past made this heartbreaking transition easier. If during the good times she had not been in the practice of surrendering and accepting help, then when the tough times came, it would have been crippling. 

Lately I feel like I am carrying the weight of the world in my backpack. My shoulders are heavy from stress and worry but it doesn't have to be that way. My Father is there with me ready to carry it for me. I just need to stop being so prideful and let Him carry it for me. It's not too heavy for Him because He is stronger than I am. He is equipped to handle it. My shoulders weren't designed to carry that kind of weight.

When I give Him  my backpack of worries and stress, it feels good for a short time, but it soon starts to feel unnatural to not have that heaviness on me and I decide to take it back. "I can take it from here, God.  Thanks!"   I heard Beth Moore say in a podcast recently that instead of running to pick it up again, I have to replace it with expectation, saying, " I can't wait to see what you're going to do with that situation."   I guess that's what Jesus meant when he said, "Take  my yoke upon you."  You have to replace it with another yoke or you'll pick up your old one. If you take His, you will find rest for your soul." Wow. Rest?  I could use some of that. How about you?