Have you ever ridden a camel? I have friends who have while serving in the mission field, but I have yet to ride one. I hope I get to one day; however, it will probably be like an episode of I Love Lucy when I do.
Camels are interesting animals. They travel for long distances without water, which amazes me because I always seem to have a bottle of water with me wherever I go. They also tend to travel in caravans.
When traveling in a caravan, camels will kneel down in the evening so the camel-driver can unload their load from the day. This allows the camel to rest through the night without a heavy load pulling on him. In the morning, the camel kneels down again for the camel-driver to load the camel’s back for the journey ahead.
We could learn a lot from camels. We need to allow the Lord to take our burdens off of our backs so we can enter His rest [1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 62:5]. Just as the camel bends down or humbles himself for the camel-driver to place the load on his back each morning, we need to humble ourselves before the Lord and trust Him to determine the burdens we are to carry for that day [Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 1:52; James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:6]. He will never give us more than we can bear with Him. We can trust we will be able do whatever He asks of us and carry whatever He places upon us by His strength [Philippians 4:13]. If we’re struggling with what is on us, we’ve either picked up something He never intended for us to carry or we’re trying to carry our load in our own stength.
Is your load a little heavy right now? Are you willing to humble yourself before the Father and trust Him to adjust your load? He’s waiting for you.