This week I heard a story about a delivery truck for a pet store. It was driving down Hoddle Street. And every time it stopped at a red light the delivery truck driver would get out of the front seat, he’d run to the back of the truck and grab a plank of wood. He would then start banging on the sides of the truck until the lights turned green and he’d quickly jump in the front seat again and drive to the next red light. He’d then jump out, grab his plank of wood and start his banging on the side of the truck again.
No one could figure out what he was doing or what he was achieving by doing this. And so, as the same cars pulled up around him at a set of red lights, someone finally called out from their car and asked, “What are you doing?”
As he continued banging on the side of his truck he said, “This is only a 2 ton truck and I’m carrying 4 tons of canaries. For me to keep this truck on the road I’ve got to keep 2 tons of canaries in the air at all times.”
I have to admit, sometimes I feel like that pet store truck driver. I feel like I’ve got 4 tons of responsibilities in my life but only capacity for 2 tons, and I’m struggling to keep the truck on the road!
I’ve got a husband, and children and extended family and work and social commitments and staying healthy and being a good Christian, and that’s just within my inner circle. Then there’s the environment and refugees, and the homeless and those living in poverty overseas …
All these things are important and good to invest in, but when we hold too much it can make you feel overwhelmed, overburdened and totally exhausted.
But Jesus did not desire for us to live in such a way. In Matthew 11 He says to us:
“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.”
When everything seems too much Jesus invites us to consider His way of life and find meaning and purpose in who He is.
Lord, give me wisdom and discernment to know what to engage with and what to hold loosely in case I need to let it go. Amen.
What is something in your life that you need to hold loosely so you can be released from feeling overwhelmed?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.