The Burden

I’ve been in the shipping/trucking industry for nearly 20 years. I read a great post last week that talks about carrying burdens using a tractor trailer to drive home the point of relying on God.

I’ve pasted the post below, but here is the link:

The Burden.

Cachunka Cachunka Cachunka… The massive Detroit Diesel engine roars 2 feet in front of me. Engine temperature reads 230 degrees. In an attempt to cool down the large fan kicks on. Whrrrrrrrrr, Cachunka, Cachunka, Cachunka, Whrrrrrrrrr…. This massive engine, built for pulling an enormous amount of weight is straining at the seams. By the sound you would assume I must be going 100mph, but alas the speedometer reads only 30mph.

My wife and I picked up a load in California yesterday. It is heavy. 41,000 lbs of salad dressing headed for Ohio. With the weight of our tractor and trailer that puts us right at the legal limit. 80,000 lbs. That’s a lot of weight to be pulling around. It is quite a burden.

There is a big difference between driving empty and driving fully loaded. When empty a semi is surprisingly fast and nimble. I can get up to speed fairly quickly and remain at that speed even going up a pretty steep hill. You can take corners at almost the same speed as a car and ,if you need to, you can come to a screaching stop pretty quickly.

Fully loaded is another story… It effects everything. Getting up to speed takes forever. It takes much greater effort to come to a stop. It burns fuel a lot faster pulling all that weight. It effects the steering and you must slow down around bends and corners or you will have problems. Big problems. The engine is also under a lot more strain and stress and tends to get hotter faster.

Fortunately this is what the semi was designed for.

Why am I writing about driving a semi on a marriage blog? Rest assured I am getting to the point very quickly…

So I started out today Utah. Utah is sort of a strange state. Beautiful, but strange. You have the salt flats on the west side and mountains on the east side. The salt flats are just that… Flat. Perfectly flat land for about 100 miles. Then you have the mountains. 6% inclines and declines with lots of 45 mph curves.

I promise i’m getting to the point, don’t rush me.

Anyways, I started out in the salt flats and headed east. Set my cruise control and leaned back in my seat. I was fully loaded yet I could hardly tell…

Then it hit me.

How many of us are carrying a heavy load? Pain, regret, unforgiveness, hurtful words, broken dreams, loss, health issues, worry, fear, condemnation, anger, humiliation, betrayal, etc etc etc… The list goes on and on.

My truck was made to handle the load it is pulling. We, on the other hand, are not made to pull such a load.

Human beings were not designed to pull all the weight of our past hurts. When we hold onto all of our pain we soon become overloaded and disaster is just around the corner.

OK, so I’m driving along on the salt flats. You too maybe in a salt flat. Cruising right along completely unaware of all the burdens we are clinging on to. It’s easy to do in the salt flats. No challenges, nothing that we are trying to rise up to. No obstacles, nothing in our way. Everything is normal.

The salt flats don’t last forever nor do the salt flats of our lives. Sooner or later an obstacle will come, a mountain to climb, opposition. The burdens we hold onto will become evident.

Do you see yourself in any of these:

(1) Some people drive their loads, their burdens onto roads (people) that can’t handle them. They crush others under the weight of their burdens.

(2) Some lose control. Their burdens have taken control and caused destruction for them and others around them.

(3) Some try to cool that engine down. Self medication. Alcohol, drugs, porno, over shopping…. Whatever the addiction of choice is. An attempt to make things better that doesn’t address the burdens one is hauling.

(4) The driver struggling to get up the hill. I want to be better, I want to rise to a higher level he says, but alas all the burdens he holds onto hold him back. Straining and struggling, but getting nowhere.

(5) The broken one. Straining and struggling under the weight of burdens for so long something inside finally broke. Now they literally are going nowhere unless someone comes to save them.

So if we weren’t designed to haul these burdens where do we put them?

I’m glad you asked.

Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

We are not meant to carry these burdens. We must bring them to God. He is the only one that can handle them. Shout, scream, moan or grunt, whatever you have to do to bring your burdens to him, just do it.

Whatever you brought to God you must let it go. It is no longer yours to hold onto.

When you are fully unloaded the difference will be noticeable. You might even find yourself going full speed up the mountains of life.

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