Late one afternoon, traveling with a monk from another religion through the Himalayas, the mountain temperatures suddenly dropped severely. The night was approaching as the wind whipped the mountains with a severe snow storm. The monk commented that they needed to get to shelter soon or they would freeze to death in the storm. Just then, with quite a distance to go, they heard a cry for help.
Looking from the path, down a steep precipice, they spotted an injured man lying near the bottom of the slope. The monk told Singh they did not have time to help. If they stopped to help all three of them would freeze to death. The monk explained that from his religious tradition it was acceptable to leave him since the injured man probably deserved his fate. He argued that if the man died it was his karma. When Sadhu Sundar Singh seemed to feel a need to help, the monk suggested that his best bet as a Christian was to simply pray for God to miraculously intervene and then keep going in order to save himself.
Singh responded that as a Christian he could not abandon the injured man. As the monk left, Sadhu Sundar Singh climbed slowly down the perilous cliff to rescue the man. By the time he reached the man Singh was drenched with perspiration in the freezing temperatures. Against all common sense, Singh made a sling of his clothing in order to tie the man onto his back and carry him back up to the path. As the snow continued to deepen in the storm and darkness, Singh prayed for the strength to save the man's life.
Once they were back on the path it became obvious that the injured man could not walk to shelter on his own. Over the several next hours, with the injured man strapped to his back, his every step on the path became a prayer asking God for the strength to keep going. Finally, exhausted, Sadhu Sundar Singh spotted a light ahead. Anxious to lay his burden down, Singh stumbled over something just a few feet from the doorway. It turned out to be the frozen body of the monk who had abandoned them. Singh's life had been saved by the warmth of the man on his back.
Do we pray only for miracles or also for the strength to bear the burdens?
Z: when I read that, I knew I should share it on a Sunday; I hope you're blessed by it. I think burdens are horrible, myself :-) But, I surely can see when burdens are blessings.........or become blessings. Want to talk about it?
"—If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31.
Whatever is happening to us, God is for us — there's a purpose. Have a purposeful Sunday!