Well, I’m two months into my new job as director of Marannook. As you can imagine there are a lot of ‘growing pains’ in a new job. I am very excited about seeing what will unfold this summer because I know how GOD has faithfully worked these 40 years at Marannook; however, right now, it’s easy for me to get caught up in all the details and forget the big picture. As some of you know, there is just a lot to do to get ready for the summer. Sometimes as I think about all the different responsibilities that I have, it begins to feel like a large weight on my shoulders. I’m sure many of you have experienced that feeling as well. It feels like you are being boxed in or being covered over, and you begin to wonder when it will stop. Mr. Charles, Mrs. Barbara, and the other staff have been great to help, but I know that it still rests on my shoulders. Lately, I have been feeling this ‘weight.’
Of course, there’s the problem right? You probably caught that. As you were reading that, maybe you said, “Hey. It’s not ultimately on your shoulders,” and you’re right. For me, that’s usually the problem. I get focused on the weight, and I forget the one that has taken all the weight on HIS shoulders.
Isaiah 53:4,5 – “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Wow. There was a tremendous weight, our sin, and it fell on JESUS. I think that all the stuff I have to do feels heavy. Well, try bearing the weight of the sin of GOD’s people! Yet, HE did it out of love.
First, I have to remember the ONE that bore my sin and worship HIM. There is a second part though. The reality is we do go through tough times, and we do have responsibilities, but here’s another verse from Romans 8, which we’ll study this summer.
Romans 8:18 – “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Double Wow. Paul says that the ‘weight’ that we think we feel now is not even worth comparing to the weight of the glory that will be revealed. Mr. Charles even gave the illustration 20 years ago about a feather and an anvil. There’s no comparison. Amazing. My sufferings really are small compared to what Paul went through, but it is a neat illustration. On a small scale, the ‘weight’ I experience isn’t even worth comparing to the glory of GOD revealed in the summer program as precious campers hear about the mighty Word of GOD.
So, the next time you feel that ‘weight’ remember first of all the ONE who took your sin, and secondly remember that the ‘weight’ of glory will be so much greater than the ‘weight’ of what you’re going through. It’s not easy, but it is good because HE is good.