I want to share a spiritual lesson our students are teaching me. It’s about burdens.
The elevator in our main building is currently inoperative due to an electrical problem. You know the “Castle” has several floors and the elevator is especially important for anyone dependent on crutches or a wheelchair.
One of our students is paralyzed below his hips and uses the elevator several times a day. Instead of hearing a ding that the elevator door is opening, now I hear, “Excuse us,” when Dan is coming up or going down the stairs.
My emotions are touched by students who notice, hand off their books to another, and team up to carry Dan in his wheelchair to the next floor.
“What’s the spiritual lesson?” you ask. It is “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ,” (Galatians 6:2). I see trust, care, strength, gratitude, friendship, and cooperation among other Christ-like qualities when I see Dan and friends bearing burdens. Yes, I’m sure he bears their less visible burdens in return!
In Galatians 5:1, we are assured that Jesus Christ has taken upon Himself the burden of our sin. He has freed us from judgment before God. He carries us in His heart, His arms. It is in that freedom, that Scripture tells us to assist each other when attacked, perhaps trapped, by weaknesses and sin. We bear each other’s burdens, whatever they are, and thus fulfill God’s desire that we love each other, that we express the spirit of our Savior.
I wish the Lord would fill Dan’s legs with strength. That would glorify Him. But, God is glorifying Himself through Dan’s trust and the caring hearts of his buddies. Whose burden will we help carry today?