Sunday, November 3, 2013
Do you ever feel like you are ready to explode? This tire knows the feeling.
We have been doing some work in our back yard recently and as a result our flatbed trailer was filled with dirt and rocks (you can't get one without the other in our area). Last Saturday Allen went to unload this pile of dirt and on the way the tire decided that it had carried this load long enough, that it wasn't strong enough to keep going with such a burden of weight, and with a BOOM that sounded like a gunshot it finally just exploded. Even the rim of the tire got all bent out of shape.
Luckily we had a spare tire but the weight of the dirt and rocks was so heavy that some of the dirt had to be transferred to another trailer before we could lift the flatbed high enough to replace the blowout. A friend loaned us his trailer and before too long we were ready to go again.
I was thankful for so many things that night! I was glad that Allen was driving along a smaller highway instead of the busy freeway to his destination, that he did not lose control of the vehicle or trailer when this happened and most especially that no one got hurt throughout the whole ordeal.
As I have reflected on this whole situation I found a good lesson in it. We all carry burdens, some heavier than others. Many times we take on more than we should, thinking we can handle it. Or maybe we carry memories or secrets that weigh us down for much too long. Sometimes things keep piling up and we know we can't keep going but we do it anyway because it's what we think we're supposed to do and what we want others to think we are capable of. Eventually the burden becomes too much to bear and we can't help it, we just explode.
We are all in this together. This life is a journey and we're all traveling to the same destination, just maybe not on the same road. We need each other and that's okay. I am beyond thankful for the people in my life who help ease my burdens. I am glad to have friends who know of my many imperfections and choose to still love me unconditionally.
It brings to mind the quote, "Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle". The man who said this also penned these words, which elaborate on the shorter version:
This man beside us also has a hard fight with an unfavouring world, with strong temptations, with doubts and fears, with wounds of the past which have skinned over, but which smart when they are touched. It is a fact, however surprising. And when this occurs to us we are moved to deal kindly with him, to bid him be of good cheer, to let him understand that we are also fighting a battle; we are bound not to irritate him, nor press hardly upon him nor help his lower self.