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Taking the Train

Preaching Magazine Illustrations

Juraj Barbaric’s idea of taking the train differs from the average commuter. He earned his title of “strongman” by pulling twenty freight cars filled with scrap metal more than fourteen feet. Needless to say, this muscular man collapsed in a heap after hauling the 984.2 tons – the heaviest train ever pulled!

Burdens come in all different sizes: wondering how to pay bills when there’s no money left, caring for a loved one who is sick or disabled, putting in long hours on the job to meet the boss’s demands. With so many things weighing on our minds, some days we may feel like we’re trying to pull a train that isn’t about to move. Giving in to discouragement is easier than earning a title. But we have One who knows all about our struggles, and He is stronger than anyone!

Jesus has offered to bear our heavy load. When He stretches out His strong hand to take our burdens, we don’t need to worry that His arm will tire or His strength will fail. Our omnipotent God can carry our problems. He will sustain us so we won’t collapse. Go to Him in prayer today and give your anxieties and cares over to Him. He won’t let you down!  (Turning Point Daily Devotional, 3-17-06)