To her dismay He handed her a heavy, rough burlap sack and asked her to carry it as they walked through life together. As they started on their way, the woman sank down under the weight of her burden. “It’s too heavy!” she protested.
“My strength is made perfect in your weakness, and I will always be at your side,” Jesus reassured her. “When the way gets steep or you feel faint, lean on Me.”
So they walked on together, and it was just as Jesus had said. Sometimes the woman stopped and told Him that the weight was too much for her to bear, and so they bore it together.
By and by they arrived at their destination. The woman set her bundle down at Jesus’ feet and heaved a sigh of relief. Her burden-bearing days were over.
“Let’s see what’s inside,” Jesus said with a twinkle in His eye. With one stroke of His hand the knots were undone, the sack fell open, and the contents spilled out. “The riches of heaven!” the woman exclaimed as her eyes feasted on treasures of unearthly beauty.
“This is your eternal reward—My gift in appreciation for all you have been through,” Jesus explained.
The woman fell at Jesus’ feet and said, “Oh Lord, forgive me! I misunderstood all these years. If I had only trusted You and not doubted! If only I had understood what was inside the sack, it would have been a joy to carry. I never should have grumbled or complained!”
You may look around and see others whose burdens appear to be much lighter than your own, and you may wish you could trade places. Each burden is tailor-made for its bearer, and is fashioned with the greatest of love and care. God knows exactly what’s best for you. Trust Him.
Proverbs 3: 5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding