Oh the mighty ant. I am in awe of its power to carry a load that far exceeds its weight. It’s fascinating to think of how they appear to effortlessly pick up huge loads and travel with such ease. Can you imagine?
We humans do the same, actually. Our burdens aren’t sticks or leaves or dead insects though. Our weight is heavy with life circumstances, crisis, sickness, abuse, neglect, death, divorce, and everything in between.
Think about it…
I bet you could name ten beloved people in your life that carry weight far beyond what any human can bear.
Did you name them?
I can name twenty with ease.
You are one of them.
I often wonder how so many people manage to do it. How the heartbroken get up every day to the mess, the madness, or the misery. How they face their overwhelming fears, or grief, or catastrophic turn in their lives. How they so boldly walk with the weight that no human should bear. How they survive without allowing that massive load to crush them.
So much mightier than an ant, we can be.
Will has a way.
The human spirit can withstand the greatest of burdens, and yet?
Desperation can seep in…
Anger can take its turn…
Endurance can take its toll…
Strength can dissipate…
And the will that has a way, somehow becomes fragile and frail.
How could it not?
We aren’t ants after all.
We need help.
Those ten beloved people in your life? Or twenty…
Pick up a part of their load.
Bear a bit of their burden.
That’s the beauty of us people versus the ants.
We have love.
Love cares. Love helps. Love lifts…
Care. Help. Lift.
A loved one who carries far too much weight.
New International Version
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.