daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19
Life is certainly full of unexpected challenges that always seem to test our faith. During one such moment, a dear friend used this story to help me find a way of dealing with my current circumstances. I will not be able to tell it word for word, but I will tell it as it spoke to me.
It was a story about a fellow who had a hard day on the job and to top it all off, he could not get his vehicle to start at the end of the day. Tired and frustrated, he asked his boss if he could give him a ride home. On the way, he was quiet and wore the challenges of his day on his face.
As they neared the very quaint and modest home, he invited his boss in to meet his family. Knowing how defeated he was, his boss accepted the invitation hoping that it might lift this young man’s spirits.
They both got out of the car and headed toward the front porch. On the way, the young man stopped by what appeared to be a pine tree. He took a branch in each hand, closed his eyes for a minute or two and then proceeded to the front door. When he opened the door, he noticed a change in this young man’s face. He smiled and the darkness that once consumed his face and demeanor was instantly turned to light. As the door swung open, his kids came running to greet him and his lovely wife came to see what the ruckus was about. You could not help but notice the peace that permeated the entire room.
Now as the evening wore on, it was soon time for his boss to be on his way. But curiosity got the best of him. As this young man walked him to his car, he just had to ask him about the pine tree. The young man said that we all have problems and moments of despair, but he refused to let them come into his house. So, he placed them on the tree every day and kept them there till he would pick them up the next day.
But, then he paused a moment and said that the funny thing is, each morning there did not seem to be as many hanging on the tree.
Now I drew a couple of things from this story. The first thing that struck me was that the Bible tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Lord. And just like this young man, we too should not let our moments of despair live in our house. And the second thing is that Christ invites us to place our burdens on him. We can hang them daily on our
tree of life. And as we do, we too will experience the peace that passes all understanding.
“I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens, down at your feet.
And every time I don’t know what to do, I will cast all my cares upon you.”
(“Cares Chorus” by Kelly Willard)