By Tommy Rush
Last week I drove a good friend to the hospital in Shreveport for a scheduled surgery. After checking in and being admitted, he learned the hospital was filled to capacity and it would be later in the day before he could be assigned to a room. As I sat in the lobby of the hospital watching his bags, I noticed people coming in and out of the hospital and I thought about the baggage many were having to bear.
There’s an abundance of hurting people today. Many are carrying the weight of grief, others are carrying an overload of stress. Some are bearing the burden of a serious medical condition while others are lugging the weight of a heavy financial problem. In recent days, my good friend heard his doctor say a word that no one wants to hear their doctor say, “Cancer.” It’s a word that he’s heard before in his life, so he’s very much aware of the weight of the burden.
As I sat in the hospital lobby watching the bags last week, I realized how much we need each other when life gets heavy. Everyone has some baggage that’s too heavy to bear alone. On the way to Shreveport I was blessed to see my friend’s peace and faith on display as he listened to praise music and talked about his love for the scripture. When I shared with him that he has grace and peace that few people seem to have, he said, “They must be trying to handle life without a Savior.”
Boy, was he right! We were never meant to carry pain and burdens alone. God’s Word makes it very clear that Jesus is the burden bearer. He came into this world and experienced everything from loneliness, loss, hunger, even suffering and death in order to make eternal life possible for all who would believe. And the day you tell Him that you’re trusting Him to be your Savior, that’s the last day you will ever carry your burdens alone. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We are told in I Peter 5, ”Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” The strong arms of Jesus are reaching out to all who are bearing a heavy burden and He says, “Let me help you with your baggage. I can handle it. I already bore the weight of all your sins on the cross. The rest is easy.”
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