Isaiah 9:4 – For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. (KJV)
If you were to discuss the West Coast of Canada with anyone, you might likely be told that "it never snows there", though indeed it does.
We had quite a heavy snowfall the first week of February. Soft, wet, heavy snow. The type that makes good snow people, snow angels and snow balls. The type that, when packed down from sledding, makes for a quicker ride! The type that makes shovelling a lot harder. The type that weighs heavily on the branches of the trees.
Following this snowfall, we noticed a tremendous number of broken branches strewn onto the ground, not only in the area in which we walked, but also in many other parts of our community. Unable to take the burden of the heavy, wet snow, the branches had given way from the weight, and simply snapped off.
We noticed too, though, that in many cases, the branches which had broken had been branches which had obscured a view, stuck out on a path, or hung close to the high wires. And so, what we saw was a kind of natural "clearing out".
How like our lives those branches are! When we are encumbered with a "load of cares", when what we shoulder is too heavy a weight, we need to turn to God for a natural "clearing out". It is when we experience being "weighed down", giving it to God, and then feeling the release of our burdens, that we are able to see Him more clearly, to walk with Him more securely, and to feel free from the "high wires" of life that can often cause us such trouble.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, may we learn to walk with you more closely, to talk with you more often, to rely on you more readily, and to live with you more sincerely. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.