Carry. That is the prompt for today’s Five Minute Friday. If you are not familiar with it, Five Minute Friday is a weekly link-up as well as an exercise of writing for five minutes without overthinking and/or editing. Not. overthinking is often more of a challenging exercise for me than the actual writing, but I try to make sense of the first thoughts I have once I read the prompt. Today, I had two (somewhat) clear thoughts – pictures in my mind, too. I will try to adequately connect them.
GO. The images of those fleeing Ukraine. Mothers cradling their babies. Others carrying a small suitcase. One lady, with just her handbag, carrying her beloved pet. My heart – like yours – hurts for these refugees. I’ve tried to put myself in their shoes. Can I even imagine what it must feel like to flee for your life? To leave everything – not just material possessions but everything that defines home – behind. To try and decide what is important or necessary enough to carry with me. I’m not sure I truly can. It overwhelms me. It gives me pause and puts much into perspective.
I am also reminded of one (out of two) of my favorite verses. Life verses, if you will. Specifically, the second half came to mind this morning. Hebrews 12:1b “….let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” We are encouraged – admonished even – to lay aside those things that prevent us from running the race before us. Burdens, sins, and other entanglements that do nothing more than way us down. That exhaust us, hinder our progress, or even cause us to quit. Weights that we far too often choose to carry. Ones to which we cling or others we have laid aside but decide to pick up again.
STOP. I ran out of time. My thoughts are a bit scattered. However, no one expects to see a refugee carrying crates of unnecessary items. Large trunks they are trying to drag behind them. No, they have a goal as well as an urgency to get there. Carrying burdens like that would only be a hindrance. Such a powerful, and practical, image for me today. I don’t know that I expressed it well this morning but perhaps it will be a help to someone. You can go here to see what others had to say today. Have a blessed and unburdened weekend….even as you pray for Ukraine, those who have fled and, as well, those who are doing all they can to help them.