The golden sun rose over the African Savannah. An elephant walked through the jungle, with a mouse scampering by his side. They walked and talked for a while, when until the path ended at the edge of a deep cliff.
A short way down, they discovered a rickety n bridge. As they approached the bridge, the elephant said, “Listen, little feller, I don’t think we can both go across at the same time. Why don’t you climb up on my back and just enjoy the ride?” The little mouse scampered up the elephant’s trunk and sat on top of his head.
The elephant started walking across the bridge. A quarter of the way across, they could see the bottomless depths below, and hear the bridge make unsettling sounds. The little mouse held on while the elephant plowed on.
Halfway across, the bridge swayed and the sounds of creaking and cracking became much louder. The elephant ran as fast as he possibly could. Seconds after reaching the other side, the old bridge gave way and fell into the depths.
The little mouse wiped the sweat from his forehead and let out a sigh of relief. When his heartbeat slowed, he said, “Elephant, WOW, did we ever shake that bridge! That was the greatest thing that ever happened to me!”*
The same goes for our walk with Christ. HE is the one who carries us through difficult times. Sometimes, when incredible things happen, we feel like that little mouse, screaming “WOW, did we shake that bridge!.” In reality, we were just part of the excitement and along for the ride. When Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” the reason why it is easy is because HE is carrying the real weight! Trust HIM! HE will get you to the other side!
Are you trying to take the credit for shaking the bridge?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).