Friday, May 14, 2010

Come Unto Me

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30)

We parked the truck and dispersed the poles, tackle boxes, cooler, and chairs. At eight years old, an afternoon fishing was my equivalent of a day at Carowinds. Dad and I began the long walk to our favorite fishing hole. It wasn’t very long until the cooler that I had eagerly volunteered to carry to prove my manliness started gaining weight or at least it seemed that way. My arms were becoming tired and I was losing my grip, which caused me to stop every few minutes. But something wouldn’t let me tell dad that I was struggling with this 200 lb. cooler. I watched forlornly as he walked effortlessly ahead with fishing poles and tackle box in one hand and lawn chairs in the other. I wanted to tell him I needed help so that I could keep up with him so I called out to him. Dad turned around and came back. He gave me the tackle boxes and fishing poles and took the cooler and lawn chairs. I followed close behind him and shortly we arrived at the pond. “Son, I knew that was too heavy for you when you picked that thing up,” dad said, “But I wanted to see how far you would go before you would ask for help.” I am confident that many of us are carrying far more than we can handle. Our heavenly Father awaits our cry for help so that we can walk together.

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