About six years ago we built our little cabin in the wilderness of Alaska. It is beautiful and peaceful, and I love it here. Living here however, has meant that we do not have running water and we carry our water in 7 gallon jugs; that’s about 58 pounds per jug. Denver and our sixteen year old son can carry two jugs at a time without much trouble, but I always carry just one. The other day there were only two jugs in the back of the truck; for a moment I forgot who I was and grabbed both jugs out of the back and headed for the house. I took about five steps before I remember that I’m not strong enough to carry two jugs.
This past week has been full of things that seemed impossible in our own sight; things heavier than what we are able to carry. Through this God has reminded us that we are not supposed to carry this heavy load and that He desires to carry it for us.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens – Psalm 68:19
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? – Luke 12:25-26
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. – Luke 12:29-30
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:32
Like those water jugs, we are carrying around more than we can carry and we do not need to because Jesus wants to carry it for you.