I like to build hotrods. I have a 1990 Mustang GT I work on, when it was factory fresh it would drive and perform as good as any other car on the road, it served its purpose. I did things like build a performance engine, add a supercharger, and install a performance clutch… After equipping the car with all that extra horsepower and torque I need wider performance tires to put it to the ground without spinning so the next part was wide drag radial tires. The car drives fine with these tires but when I fill the gas tank up and hit the curves or bumps the tires start to rub a little on the fender wells. When I carry a passenger, the tires rub a substantial amount more when I hit the curves and the bumps and when I carry an additional passenger in the back seat the tires rub over the slightest bump or curve. If I carry this load too far then my tires will blowout.

“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

When everything in our life goes the way we want and plan, we function as we were designed to do. As you and I know, life is not fair, life does not always reward us with what we want or plan. On this journey through this life a load will be placed upon you a little at a time (sometimes suddenly) and one day you will wake up and wonder how things got this far and cry out in despair. Sometimes these loads end in relationships that shatter or unhealthy lifestyles or even suicide, we were not meant to carry this load.

It has been said man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only one second without hope. Let me tell you, there is hope! When you truly grasp what the Lord offers, the weight will be lifted. Jesus is always waiting to carry your burden but it is up to you to give it to Him. In simplest text, cry out to Jesus; ask Him to lift these burdens and GIVE them to him! The most important step is to take your focus off your problems and place them on Jesus, which is how it will be lifted. When you invest your energy in the Lord he will heal, energize and lift your load. Go to church, join in fellowship, read your bible and pray pray pray. Look for the burdens of others (it will not be hard to find) and offer to be an ear, pray for them, and help them in the smallest things. You will find that while your burden is not erased, the weight is lifted to the point you will be able to carry it and after a while, the Lord will restore you. Just remember, we tend to modify our lives to suit our own wants even after the repairs so always be ready, and put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

I care deeply for you and wish you well on your road trip. Scott