A recent surprise storm loaded the rhododendrons. The branches were visibly weighed down with snow and ice. Just one day prior, buds were beginning to peek through the foliage...a sign of things to come.
I knew better than to go out and brush the snow from the foliage. The leaves would crack and groan under the pressure of my well meaning hand. Even armed with good intentions, a touch would cause more harm than good.
Gradually the snow laden rhodies gave up their burdens as the warmth of the winter sun crept across their branches. All they needed was a little encouragement from the breeze.
Isn't that how many of us are when we are laden with worry and care? Rather than wait for the Son, we look for the help of another even though the help may cause damage and hurt. We are impatient and want to give up our burdens the easy way rather than seeking his warmth that calls to us and beckons us to turn towards him.
Just as it is best for the rhododendrons to remain snow covered snow until it is melted by the sun, it is often best to allow our burdens to be melted by the Son, Jesus, to seek the relief that he offers.
Jesus put it this way, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt 11;23-8-30 NASB)