Carrying Our Burdens

Carrying Our Burdens 
Going backpacking in the wilderness for multiple days means you’re going to be carrying a burden. There are things you can do to help ease the burden but there still will be a burden of weight to carry. Yet that burden is also what contains your blessings. Your backpack contains things that are going to be needful for your trip such as food, water, clothing, a sleeping bag, pad, a tent for shelter, and many other items. Can you imagine having to carry all of those without a backpack though? That would be a miserable way to hike. The backpack keeps everything combined and the weight centralized and evenly distributed. The hip bel helps so all the weight isn’t felt on your shoulders. The various pockets also help organize your smaller items. You can also use trekking poles to help ease the burden on your legs and potentially prevent an injury.

Sharing and Carrying Each Other’s Burdens
While there are burdens you’re going to have to carry, bringing a partner hiking with you will surely ease the burden off of both of you if you split and share the loads. I suppose the best way to plan a hike is to carry as little weight as possible personally and bring a friend who packs their fears by overpacking.

In Galatians 6:1-9 it tells us that in our spiritual walk that we are to bear our own burden but also that we fulfill the law of Christ when we bear one another’s burdens. It is a joy to help lighten the load of others. The Bible says “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” The Christian life can sometimes be tiresome but the reward comes with perseverance. Can you imagine someone beginning a 40 mile hike to see a beautiful alpine lake with the mountains as the backdrop but they stop just short of their destination? That would feel like a big let down after hiking so far to get so close but not get to enjoy the beauty of the destination.

Giving Our Burdens to the Lord
When your load is too heavy, cast your burden to the Lord. Psalm 55:22 says “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Sometimes we carry burdens that are unnecessary. Each time I go on a hike I try to think about things I didn’t use for the past couple of hikes and examine if I can safely leave any of them behind on this trip. There are sins and weights that easily beset us that we should leave behind in life. Grudges, bitterness, anger, and a double mind are just a few things we should let go of. The burden of forgiveness is much lighter than holding a grudge. We see in the book of Job that Job had multiple trials come into his life. His friends even speculated and told him things that implied that he wasn’t walking with the Lord so God was punishing him. It can be hurtful to have your friends think such about you. Yet an interesting nugget we see in Job was that it was when he prayed for his friends that God removed the burden and blessed him.

Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

The burdens you carry in life may be what contains the blessings that God will open for you in due time.


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