He Will Ease the Burdens on Your Soul. By Seth Adam Smith
Some time ago, I was struggling with a very difficult situation. I was facing some huge life changes and was worried about the impact they would have on my home and family. It was as if my whole life had turned upside-down, and I felt like I would be crushed under the weight of anxiety.
At the time, I was also working for a landscaping company. My job was to carry heavy loads of branches to a large truck, where I would climb a ladder and toss the loads into the bed of the truck.
One morning, I began to feel completely overwhelmed by my own anxieties. Nevertheless, determined to forget about my struggles and keep working, I went out and gathered the first bundle of branches. I heaved the first load over my shoulder and started back to the truck.
As I walked, my mind drifted back to my problems. I thought about everything that had gone wrong, as well as everything that could still go wrong. Gradually, I began to realize that the load on my shoulder was far too heavy. I soon discovered that, in my distraction, I had accidentally scooped up two bundles of thick branches. My knees began to buckle as the weight of the combined loads threatened to bring me down. Feelings of inadequacy swept over me, and hot tears sprang to my eyes.
“I can’t do this,” I thought to myself.
In desperation, I said a quick prayer, explaining my situation to God—that I couldn’t carry my burdens (neither physical nor emotional) alone and that I needed help.
What happened next became a very pivotal moment in my relationship with God: the burden on my shoulder became lighter.
I felt as though someone had literally stepped behind me and lifted one end of the branches, sharing the weight of the load. I immediately had a surge of strength, which allowed me to keep moving forward. I climbed the ladder, tossed the load into the truck, then slid back down and sat on the pavement.
As I sat with my back against the truck’s tire, I thought about the Lord’s promise in the Book of Mormon:
“And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions” (Mosiah 24:14).
I began to reflect on how the burden on my shoulder was similar to the burden on my soul. I realized that just as my physical burden was made light, the burdens on my soul were also becoming lighter. All I had needed to do was look to God in faith.
I do not know the timing of God, but I do know that if we turn to Him, He will help us carry our burdens. As He promised in the book of Matthew: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).
Having experienced this promise firsthand, I know of a surety that God does visit us in our afflictions. He still requires us to move forward—to “come unto [Him]”—but His promise is that He will help us carry our burdens and give us rest.
The video below features Seth sharing how the love and aid of others helped him overcome another trial in his life.
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Seth Adam Smith is an internationally acclaimed speaker, blogger, and author. In 2013, his blog post "Marriage Isn't for You" received over 30 million hits and was translated into over 20 languages. A survivor of a suicide attempt in 2006, Seth has learned that true healing comes from helping others, and his primary message is for everyone to "keep moving forward." He is currently working on a series of novels.