The other morning a young man stopped by the house.
He had been struggling with emotional pain and bondage, and said he hadn’t come earlier because he didn’t want to be a burden.
I shocked him by responding that he and his problems were a burden – that there were other things I could be doing that morning. But, I explained with a huge grin, it was my joy to be burdened by him.
He paused and thought about it, then nodded as he realized I was being totally transparent and real with him. Thus started an amazing time of talking, sharing and ministry.
That morning, as we walked together to those places in his life where the Lord had been waiting for him to come, he was able to finally cast his burdens upon Him and get free.
Scripture repeatedly says we are to share one another’s burdens. There is a price to pay, and a burden to bear, when we truly walk together with each other – hurts, struggles and all.
As we do so, for Marianne and me our greatest privilege is then seeing God daily redeem lives and set people free. It is a burden, but a burden of joy.
After that young man left later that morning, I teared up and told the Lord how honored I felt to be able to share his burden, which until then he had been carrying alone.
By carrying it together, however, we were finally able to bring to the Lord, where he could then release it to Him.
He found freedom, and I knew joy.
~ Jim Wright