A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a
glass of water and asked,
"How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on
how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a
problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I
hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's
the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden
becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest
before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the
"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't
carry it home.
You can pick it up tomorrow.
“Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you
So, my friend, why not take a while to just simply RELAX. Put down
anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again
until after you've rested a while.
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic
on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I
barely managed to coast, cruising into a gas station, glad only that I
would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat cool spot to wait
for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the
call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart" building, and it
looked like she slipped on oil and fell into a Gas pump, so I got out
to see if she was okay.
When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than
that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with
dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and
I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the
ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car
seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.
I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept
saying "I don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other
side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and
that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, "And you were
praying?" That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I
was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you, and God sent me."
I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so
she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to
the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift
certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the
kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump
eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend
left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew
she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally in desperation had
finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years.
They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to
get on her feet there.
So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they
were going to California, but not that they were going to live there.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for
safety on the road.
As I was walking over to my car, she said, "So, are you like an angel or
This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time angels
are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people."
It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of
course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got
me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I
suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter
of their wings...
Psalms 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and God shall sustain thee.
God shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
Today, dear God I place my burdens in Your hands.
I look to You for help.
I admit I cannot do it alone.
I am ready to receive Divine assistance.
I am very appreciative of the miracles that I am about to receive.
Thank You God!
In Jesus Christ's name… Amen
God's miracles are mightily at work now in my life.
"The starting point of all achievement is desire." Napoleon Hill