I’ve seen full shopping carts at Costco before, but none as full to overflowing as one I saw recently. A lady had one of those flatbed carts that you can get more on. She had very skillfully stacked it and now she was at check out. She kept taking things off the cart and putting on the belt to be scanned. I wondered if there were any muffins left in the bakery or if she had bought them out. There was produce and food items and household items and who knows what else underneath the mountain of things on that cart.
I stood in line for a little bit and bought the four items I was getting. The lady in the other line was still taking things off her cart and putting them on the scanner. She had been doing that the whole time I had been in line and it appeared she was barely halfway through.
A thing that struck me as I watched her, more than just how much she was buying, was that she appeared to be all alone. She was obviously buying for a large group. Why weren’t any of them there to help her unload her cart and take all this out to her truck?
Maybe she had told others not to worry, she could handle it. Maybe she had been hoping somebody would offer to come along, but she didn’t want to ask anybody for help. Maybe others were too busy to spend an hour or two on a Costco run.
Sometimes in the Christian life we’re like that lady at Costco. Our cart is overflowing with trials and challenges. We try to take stuff off the cart but the mountain doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. We don’t know how we’re going to carry all these burdens, but we don’t want to bother anybody else, and our pride causes us to be hesitant to admit we need help.
I wondered why the lady hadn’t asked for help, and I also wondered why nobody had offered to help. At least one person who was going to be taking part in eating all this food should have asked the question: Is help needed in getting all the food and supplies? It is easy to take the approach: I’ll help if I’m asked. Christlike service notices needs and offers to help before we are asked.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). It doesn’t say, “Carry each other’s burdens, if you are asked.” Jesus carried the burden of our sin to the cross for us before we even asked.
The Lord invites us to admit our cart is too full and we can’t carry it all ourselves. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). You don’t have to bear all those burdens and worries by yourself. The Lord sees how much you have to carry. He knows better than you do that it is too much for you. He has come to carry the load. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).
The load is never too heavy for Jesus. Our Helper and Savior has come.