A couple of weeks ago, I felt as though I was carrying a person around on my shoulders. My neck and shoulders hurt terribly. The strain made work very difficult. I would loose my grip and drop a tray of cups and plates all over the floor.
My co-worker (Vladimir) would quietly come help me pick up the pieces. His manner reminded me of when Christ Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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.” (Matt. 11:28-29, NRSV)
My worrying about the scary economy and earthquake troubles was only adding to the problem. So, in prayer, I focused more on God, instead of the worries of the world. Challenges come up. They make us grow spiritually. And, people can find appropriate and substantial answers, especially when we look to God, as Christ Jesus did. A burden doesn’t always have to be burdensome. A burden is a load, a task. And, the task to get to know God is encouraging.
It took about a week of practice for me to stop carrying around the world’s worries and start carrying around a Christ attitude. However, the pain dissolved. Not even a chip on the shoulder. Divine Spirit is capable of revealing restoration and creativity.