Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens. —Psalm 68:19
It was early in the morning.
Driving along the highway in thick traffic, my attention quickly became fixed on the scene above me.
A large bird, perhaps an osprey, had flown over the road, carrying a large tree branch in its feet.
The branch was so heavy, it was causing the bird to struggle to stay in flight.
The long, capable wings were flapping, but it was too much of a strain to carry the weight above ground while attempting to soar to the treetops.
Would this creature be burdened to the point of being brought low enough to be hit by a passing vehicle?
With a show of only seconds in duration, the struggle was intense and then…..
Though I couldn’t tell exactly HOW it happened, the heavy branch came crashing down to the pavement between moving cars and trucks.
At least, part of it did.
Released of the enormous weight of the entire branch, the bird swiftly gained altitude, grasping only a portion of the branch.
Did the bird consciously let go of the major part of the weight, choosing to grip only the smaller piece or did the bulk of the heavy branch simply break off under the pull of gravity?
Either way, a greater meaning had jumped out at me, almost immediately.
What happens in life when we try to carry more than we can handle?
More than we can handle emotionally?
More than we can handle physically?
We think that we have to carry the "big" branch.
It’s our responsibility; our duty.
But, is it?
If birds have a pound limit on what they can hoist into the clouds, then we should recognize that we have limits, too.
When it becomes obvious that we are losing altitude or failing to gain any in the first place, it’s time to consider what we are holding on to.
Allowing God to carry the big branches frees us to fly away with the ones we were meant to have.
If we refuse to allow God to remove part of the weight, we may find ourselves plunging into thick traffic, still holding on to a load we were never meant to bear.
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