❝Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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 soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.❞ Matthew 11:28-30
Reflection by Larry Bostic
We can all identify with the youngster pictured here. We have all gone back to school when it seemed that every class had ten pounds of books.
Let me tell you a story about a different backpack that I had to carry one time. My cargo was not books, but food for a two week “survival” canoe trip across northern Maine. I left base camp with eleven other Boy Scouts, in canoes, and was scheduled to be picked up two weeks later at the foot of Mt. Katahdin at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.
Everyone’s backpack was heavy, but there were no complaints about the weight because the food in the backpacks would keep us alive for the next two weeks on our wilderness journey. We saw lots of Moose, but no other people until the end of the trip. I not only “survived,” but actually enjoyed the adventure.
The words from Matthew remind me that, most often, our burdens are heavy when we are carrying self-centered “worldly troubles” in our packs. When we carry burdens of purpose within God’s will for our lives, then we feel Jesus sharing the weight, and the load is lightened.