My son loves TV…thankfully, he absolutely loves the sitcoms I grew up on. Brady Bunch. The Wonder Years. Gilligan’s Island. The good ol’ family shows where humor is clean.
Despite it being Valentine’s Day yesterday, my son adamantly refused my request to watch a good clean love story and opted instead for some Gilligan’s Island adventures. He chose the episode where Gilligan is struck by lightning and somehow ends up with a rock bowling ball stuck to his hand. My son roared with laughter as Gilligan tried to maneuver around his thatched hut with that weight on his hand. As I watched it, a thought played through my mind…how often do we do that? How often do we carry extra weight around? Weight we were never meant to carry.
A friend brought to my attention a few months back how much I worry. Never did I consider myself a worrier, but I realized how very right she was. Those words really have been eye opening for me in realizing how much weight I have been carrying that I don’t have to.
Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Like Gilligan, sometimes we need the help of friends to rid ourselves of weight we are carrying…a kind word, a caring gesture, a reminder of His love for us…lay the burdens at the feet of Jesus and be free. Free from the weight of the world, free from the weight of our problems we were never meant to carry. Our circumstances may not change, but when we lay the weight of our issues at the feet of Jesus, we find true rest and peace as only He provides.