Last night my little girl (who isn't so little) was feeling overwhelmed and out of time with a big homework assignment. She was tearful, tired, and in danger of not finishing. I took her in the back room, we took a lap top and some deep breaths and got to work. She was feeling like giving up (we all know that feeling) but a little encouragement, a couple of pointers, and 30 minutes later it was done. The truth of it is I mainly sat there and watched her type. But at the end she felt like I had pulled her through.
It's funny how crisis can overwhelm us. It makes little things seem big, simple things seem hard, and minor inconveniences appear to be the end of the world. There are some things that are big and won't go away fast. But sitting and weeping alone in isolation and despair rarely produces good results. Galatians 6:2 says, "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." What does it mean to carry someone else's burden? Often times it as simple as asking, "What's wrong?" or "How can I help?" It's rare that we offer the hurting anything they couldn't do themselves, but the presence and reassurance of a brother/sister in Christ is often the most precious gift to a hurting person. Yes, sometimes a burdened person just needs another person to be there. And in that simple way, we fulfill the law of Christ.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 2 Kings 18-19