Greek Mythology has always been interesting to me. Even though these characters are fictional, one that always stands out is Atlas. Atlas is known best for being punished by Zeus to stand on the earth and to carry the sky and heavens on his shoulders (Wikipedia). What an enormous burden Atlas was forced to bear.
It’s funny how easy it is to relate to Atlas at times. When problems pile up, it feels like we are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. We become so bogged down with worries about money, health, family, and life. We lose jobs, possessions, and worst of all, people close to us. On top of all of this, we deal with our spirituality and wrestling with the question, “What will happen when I die?” At times life becomes so burdensome that it seems overwhelming.
Certainly this feeling is not new to our generation. This is why the words of Scripture are so appealing. 1 Peter 5:7 says to “cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
Bringing God into our lives is a breath of fresh air and a weight lifted off our shoulders. God never promised that life would be problem free, but He does tell us that He is willing to help. The problem is that we get stubborn and try to bear the load alone. We might be able to bear some of the stress and worry of life, but we cannot carry the weight of sin and walk with God at the same time.
God is offering to share the burden with us. He wants to help with the worries and stresses of life (Matthew 6:25-34), but more importantly, He wants to take care of our burden of sin (Acts 2:37-41; 1 Peter 3:21; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 11:28-30). We can’t bear this load for long. Let’s bring God deeper into our lives and let Him help with our burdens.