His Encouragement #11-When You Feel Like A Pack Mule.

I’ve joined my blogging friends for a new facet of my blog, called His Encouragement, inspiring scriptures shared each Thursday. My hope and my prayer is that these scriptures each week will bless your heart and encourage your soul.

The Lord took this in a different direction than I intended, but hopefully it will bless your soul.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV

Do you know what a “pack mule” is? It’s a mule used to carry burdens for others on long journeys. Back in the days before automobiles, these mules were used to carry people or cargo or even pull the barges down the canals. To this day, you can pay to ride a mule down into the Grand Canyon. Here’s what I’m getting at, these mules don’t carry their own burdens– they carry them for others.

How many burdens are you carrying that aren’t even yours? God has never asked us to be a pack mule and carry other’s burdens. Yes, he did say, “bear ye one another’s burdens,” but that means someone else is helping you carry yours, you’re not doing it all alone.

Have you been piling on burdens you were never meant to carry?

This reminds me of a story I heard at a ladies meeting. I searched online for it and finally found it on another website, but the original was taken from the book, “Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World.”

The story is told of a man who met God one day. God asked him to take a wagon with three stones to the top of the mountain. God gave the man specific instructions, sketching a map in the dust. The man cheerfully set off pulling the wagon behind him.

As he was going through a small village, a friend stopped him and asked him what he was doing. He explained that he was taking the wagon of rocks to the top of the mountain. The friend became excited as he explained he was just thinking about how he was going to get his rock to the top of the mountain, and would the man be willing to take the rock in his wagon as well? Happily, the man with the wagon took the friend’s rock and started on his way.

As he went along, more and more people asked him to take their rocks with him until the wagon grew fuller and fuller. The wagon felt huge and awkward as it lumbered and swayed over the ruts in the road. No longer was the man singing praises. Instead, resentment began to build inside. Frustrated, the man was beginning to have visions of giving up and letting the wagon roll backward.

About that time God came to his side and asked what the problem was. “You gave me a job that is too hard for me,” the man sobbed. God walked over to the wagon. “What is this?” He held up a big piece of shale and tossed it on the ground. The man explained about his friend who asked him to bring it up the mountain. God continued to unload the wagon, removing both light and heavy items until only the three stones God had given him were left in the wagon.

Are you carrying burdens that aren’t yours to carry? Maybe those of a neighbor, or friends, family, grown children… If we’re not careful, we can begin to pile up the burdens for people we’ve never even met (from watching the news). Yes, we should be concerned and help if we can, but if we take others burdens on ourselves, we set ourselves up for resentment, regret, and failure. You can’t carry everyone’s burdens.

Lay them all down at the feet of Jesus, including the burden He has asked you to bear. This remind me of the words to an old hymn. “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there!”

What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!

Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Becca @ The Becca Files

Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

5 thoughts on “His Encouragement #11-When You Feel Like A Pack Mule.

  1. bellesmoma16 says:

    Such a fantastic post. It convicted me. I’m trying so hard to help my mom through my dad’s death that I might be annoyingly taking on her burdens for her. Your post has blessed me today, Gina!!!


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