Day 37: Bearer of Burdens (Feb 6)

“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 soul.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Sometimes, my role as an intercessor can feel like having one burden after another piled on me.  Being a person who people feel comfortable confiding in is a great honor, but takes a definite measure of wisdom.  I see some who walk this out, looking worn out and pessimistic, while others never seem weighed down at all.  I used to long to be one of the later.  And then one day something very valuable was shown to me, and it changed me from being down trodden into someone who knows exactly what to do with other’s troubles…….

That day I was working in the yard with one of my brother in laws, and I began to see him in the spirit.  I saw him standing at what looked like a conveyor belt and packages were coming past him. He was picking them up, and he was overwhelmed and exhausted until he realized that God wanted him to simply hand them over to Him.  I knew that he was someone who many people came to for advice or counsel, etc.  That can become a weary place to be.  I understand this because people often come to me for prayer, etc. And to top it off, his name means “bearer of burdens”, which could feel like a heavy thing to walk with all your life, but only if we are self-reliant.

What I saw that day was, when a person comes to us with a problem or a burden, we should listen and empathize, but then hand it directly to the Father.  He is the One with answers.  We were made to partner with Him, not to be in control.  We were meant to live in constant connection with Him.  Every time someone comes to me, instead of feeling the pressure of supplying them with an immediate answer, I help them hand off their troubles to God.

Now I understand that sometimes, God uses us to help direct people to the Father.

When I deal with my own burdens, I sometimes need another person to help remind me to hand it off to God and shift my perspective.  I greatly appreciate those that don’t let me get away with self-pity or pessimism.  I want to be held accountable with that.  I want to walk in victory.

We all need each other.  We all need God.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality—at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality, as it is written, “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”  2 Corinthians 8:13-15

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