I was carrying a burden and I didn’t even recognize it. Well, maybe I did recognize it but it seemed like such a petty matter in life’s big picture, so I was choosing to carry the burden alone. To talk to anyone about it seemed like I’d either be whining or gossiping – and I certainly didn’t want to do either one. Therefore, I just trudged along, carrying the burden – because I’m strong, right? I can deal with it, right? Right.
Until last Sunday. That was the day a good friend of mine showed up on my doorstep unannounced. I’m always glad to see my friends, but I could tell that she had come with something on her mind. I thought maybe something was troubling her and that she’d come to unload a burden of her own. Yes, because apparently I think I’m the one that can carry my own burdens alone, and then help others carry their burdens too. (Who do I think I am, for goodness sake?)
Instead, she lovingly told me that she had no idea why, but that God had put me on her heart. She had come to ask if there was anything troubling me and she had come to pray with me.
For about one half of a second, my stubborn heart began to blurt that I was absolutely fine. And then the Spirit revealed the truth to me, making me realize that God had sent my friend here for a reason. She was fulfilling His purpose.
So I shared, and we prayed. I wasn’t gossiping, I wasn’t whining. I had a burden and my friend met my need and helped me let God take over the burden.
I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything so immediately transforming. Since that day, I’ve been a new woman. The issue causing my struggle is still there, but it is no longer a burden weighing me down. I am no longer carrying it alone and the difference is amazing.
Thank God for friends who listen to the Spirit and who can help meet our needs. I am so grateful.
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