When you realise that everything you want to take along on your two or three days of hiking will be borne along on two straps digging into your shoulder muscles, it makes you a little more judicious about what you stuff into that backpack. Travelling light may help you enjoy the view with eased up shoulders, enabling you to set up faster and rest easier.
Life could be like that too. Many of us have the tendency to go on life carrying much burden in full steam ahead. Scripture, however, tells us to walk in the Spirit and to daily cast all our cares on Jesus who cares for every details in our lives. We might fool ourselves by thinking that the more we carry and the faster we go, we are accomplishing and pleasing the Lord. In fact, the very opposite might be true.
When we over-pack our lives without taking adequate time to rest, it may look outwardly heroic but there is a frenetic quality to our work that lacks true effectiveness as we lose our ability to be fully present. By that, we lose our ability to discern what is really needed in our situation.
Matthew 11: 28 - 30
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.
- Unknown Author