When I was in high school, I remember throwing out my back one day because I overloaded my backpack with textbooks. Instead of emptying it between classes, I carried all of my books the entire day. I had to go home, sit on the couch with a heating pad, and recuperate because my back and my shoulders weren’t as strong as I thought. Have you ever thrown out your back before? If you have, you know how painful and debilitating it can be.
Let me ask a different question: if your life was represented by a backpack, how much are you “carrying” on your shoulders? It’s no secret that each of us will face difficult circumstances in this life. Jesus told us this in John 16:33. But, He also told us that no matter how hard things are or what we’re facing, He has overcome the world. This means that we can have ultimate and unending confidence because of what Jesus accomplished on the Cross. We don’t have to fear or worry because we know that He is over all things.
If you find yourself in a season of life where you’re carrying way more than you are able to, take comfort and be encouraged by Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Ultimately, run to Jesus and give Him your burdens. Empty the backpack. Take heart and remember that He has overcome the world!