As I started up my car in the dark hours of an early morning, I noticed a seatbelt light on the dashboard. I checked my door, opening and pulling it shut again. I tugged on my seatbelt to test it. But the sensor light still beamed. Then, in slow realisation, I reached over and lifted my handbag a few inches above the passenger seat. The light clicked off.

Apparently, a mobile phone, some loose change, a hardcover book and my lunch stuffed in my very large handbag had equalled the weight of a small passenger, setting off the sensor!

While I can easily empty out a handbag, other weights are not so easy to shed. Those burdens of life can make us feel heavy inside all the time.

Whether the burden that weighs us down is one of guilt such as the one that took over David’s thoughts (Ps. 32:1-6), the fear Peter experienced (Matt. 26:20-35) or the doubt Thomas carried (John 20:24-29), Jesus has invited us to bring them all to Him: “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

We are not built to bear burdens alone. When we cast them on the One who wants to bear our burdens (Ps. 68:19; 1 Peter 5:7), He replaces them with forgiveness, healing and restoration. No burden is too heavy for Him.

Burden God with what burdens you.


Cindy Hess Kasper


Our Daily Bread