God’s Word for Today: Buckets
The accompanying picture only shows a small part of the story of a recent concrete pour at my current jobsite. Due to varying circumstances, it was necessary to lift, transport, and pour out 6.5 cubic yards of concrete via small plastic buckets.
Looking closely at the photo, you can see several different phases of carrying these buckets of concrete. Toward the back of the photo, one worker is just picking up newly filled buckets. In the center and a little to the right of the photo, someone is trudging through the soft sand to deliver his burden. Center and to the left, one who has made the journey, the weight and tiring sand have him slumped over and weary. Far left, the person in charge of the bucket brigade and far right, someone returning his empty buckets with the knowledge he will soon pick up another load.
Other people are involved in this story. There are those who are filling the buckets, those who are lifting the buckets up to the transporters, and those who are working with the concrete that is delivered by the buckets. Each has his role. Each spends the next 3 hours repeating the assigned jobs over and over and over until the task is completed. No one complains, no one voices the other person has the easier chore, no one quits. They all do their share. Good stuff.
Galatians 6:2. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Let’s put each one of these workers and their buckets into a relatable context. Each bucket of concrete is a burden in life you have been handed. Each step through the soft sand is one of life’s limitations that tire even the strongest. The empty buckets are a relief, but you know that sooner or later, you will be handed more filled buckets of challenges, heartache, pain, and every item imaginable that needs to be carried.
How many buckets are you carrying right now? If you were to relate to one individual in the photo, who would it be? If you had the choice of one position in this bucket carrying brigade, which one would you choose? Maybe your choice is simply to not even being involved in any of this work.
Today’s Scripture puts it all into perspective. No matter whom you are or what position you hold in life, you will have buckets to carry. That is a given. Some are handed tremendously heavy buckets. Others seem to be floating along with fairly light and easy buckets. That part doesn’t matter. What matters most, and what God asks you to do, is carry someone else’s bucket for them.
The rewards for carrying the buckets and burdens of others, helps you forget about your own buckets. Find that one person who is bent over and weary. Take their load and help finish the task God put you in this world for. Amen and amen…………………