I remember with fondness a trip that I took in graduate school. We canoed a river as a team building exercise. My partner happened to be an international student who came from a country where he was on the national canoe championship team. I sat in the front and steered and we flew down the water. We were the first one to our designated “break spot.” After the break, we were required to change places. Things were so much harder when I tried to do the heavy paddling. The task was the same – to paddle down the river. We were in the same canoe. When I let the expert paddle, it was easy. When I tried to do it myself, it was strenuous and tiring.
Matthew 11:28 – 30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
If you are weary and burdened, remember that you have a savior who is ready to help. The situation may not change, but God offers us his relief. Don’t try to paddle alone – it’s so much easier when the master paddler has the oar.