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The climb is always easier when we leave the garbage at the bottom.

I learned something yesterday morning.  While taking a walk the day before I had realized that our beautiful mountain road had been marred by litter.  Coke cans.  McDonald bags. Beer cans.  So, I took a garbage bag along for my walk. Between my home and the main road (three miles-- mostly downhill) I felt quite proud of myself as I collected garbage and placed it in the bag.  All went well until I started back up the mountain. The bag of garbage, comprised mostly of empty cans and paper--a bag which had been easy to carry on the downhill walk--soon felt like a lead weight as I trudged back up the mountain. I was afraid to put it down--what if a dog or wild animal tore into the bag and scattered my garbage everywhere?

 I may have traveled a mile and a half  when I came to a rock, a boulder really. It was almost as tall as me.  That was when I laid my burden down.  I placed it in the shadow of the rock were it was almost hidden from site by smaller boulders scattered around it.

I walked away feeling lighter—free to lengthen my stride.  That was when I realized that I have often done the same thing spiritually and emotionally.  I have picked up other people’s garbage.  My heart was set on blessing them and beautifying the landscape of my life.  But I soon found that my shoulders sagged and I couldn’t quite catch my breath.  Other people’s garbage slowed me down.

It is only when I leave my garbage in the shadow of the Rock—that solid, unmovable, unchangeable, Rock of my Salvation, Jesus Christ, that I have the strength to continue my climb.

My husband came by later and threw the discarded bag in the back of his big red truck.  He then drove it to the waste center.  WOW!  That is exactly what the Lord does for us.  He takes all the accumulated garbage we have picked up—that which belongs to others as well as our own—and throws it in the back of his ‘big red truck’ to be carried away.    

Let’s lay our burdens down today, my friends.  Let someone with the resources to handle it dispose of it as only He can do.










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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/5/2009
Wonderful story, Linda; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Mariann Klimczuk 2/22/2009
Well said.

Reviewed by John Coppolella 2/17/2009
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

The words of Jesus echo between the lines of your story. That is worth reading. Thank you Linda!

Rockie Coppolella
Reviewed by Connie Faust 2/13/2009
A good lesson, well said. Whether the burdens are someone else's or our own, the best thing to do with them is give them to our Rock!
"Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you." Connie
Reviewed by Cryssa C 2/10/2009
Thanks for sharing your lesson with that we all need to be reminded of now and then...
Cryssa :~)
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/9/2009
God's teachable moment here and you got it. You express it well and I'm certain that you have blessed all who read this and every other work you have posted here. In Him, J'nia
Reviewed by Susan Smith 2/8/2009
Your story reminds me of a modern version of Pilgrim's Progress. It was the world's best seller, next to the Bible. Susan

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