“Even my sink is full today!” I grouched, pouring another wire basket of tomatoes into the path of the running water. There were cucumbers on the counter, beans in the garden that needed to be picked . . . and no time to do it all.
I love my garden — although sometimes this is not obvious by my response to its bounty. And this actually casts me in an extremely unflattering light, because it’s a pretty straightforward attitude adjustment that is needed: Look at the time crunch, the space constraints, the sheer labor of dealing with it all . . . but then shake myself into the realization that this is abundance I am grousing about, a gift from God’s good hand of plenty.
If only my heart were so quick to see the truth about all my “burdens.”
Samuel Rutherford, a Scottish pastor, theologian, and author from the 17th century had this to say:
“How sweet a thing were it for us to make our burdens light by framing our hearts to the burden and making our Lord’s will a law.”
How different the sounds from my kitchen would be if I just got under the load gladly. That “frame of heart” would radically change me, and my perception of the burden.
Today, I’m over at The Mudroom writing about Disquietude, Distress, and Dread. Can my perspective really make a difference in how well I handle suffering? Join me in The Mudroom to read more . . .
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