Once upon a time there was a young man. His back soaked with perspiration, he trudged along carrying a heavy load. Many years ago he took it over his shoulder and has carried it ever since.
One day as he walked along the dusty road, a horse pulling a wagon passed by him. The wagon was filled with people. The friendly coachman stopped and asked the young man if he wanted a ride. He obliged.
Gladly he boarded the wagon and found a seat beside a cheerful woman holding in her lap her three-year old grandson. The coachman signaled the horse and they continued on their way.
As the wagon randomly bumped and shook over rocky patches, the young man drew a deep breath of relief as he peered down to find his feet blistered and legs shaky.
The grandson watched him carefully. The boy smiled at the young man and giggled. The boy pointed to the load still on the young man’s back.
“Why you hold it?” the young boy asked in his outdoor voice, drawing the attention of the other riders.
“Oh, this? It’s mine,” the young man replied as a flush of shame rose to his face and another bead of sweat ran. He readjusted his calloused hands holding the load tightly.
“That’s quite a load you’ve got there,” the woman with kind eyes gestured. “I think he’s wondering why you don’t put it down.”
What burden are you carrying?
How heavy is it?
How long have you carried it?
Do you wish to release it?
What would happen to you if you released it?
Where would it go?
Who would tend to it for you?
Is there Someone who could do a better job with it?
Salvation is like a wagon. Believers ride in the wagon on our way home to heaven. Every burden we lay down remains in the wagon. We are just not carrying that heavy burden anymore. Laying it down makes room for God’s will in that place (Matt. 11:28-30).
The wagon of salvation is for burdens.
You may lay your burden down.
He’s got it.
It’s His wagon.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.”
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you