There is a roll of insulation in my attic. It’s sitting there, packaged nice and neat, doing almost no good at all. Still rolled up tight in it’s original wrapper, it provides no insulating value. And it’s been that way for two years.
When I bought it, I fully intended to take it to the attic, unroll it, and install it where it is needed. But… it was comfortable fall weather and not needed yet, so I saved the installation for another day. That day has never come. In the summer, it’s too hot to go in the attic. In the winter, it’s too cold. And spring and fall don’t even need insulation. So, it sits unused while my power and gas meters spin.
After about a month and a half of worry, tomorrow morning we go to the hospital praying the surgery goes well. This past Sunday, we finally shared the burden with our class at church. Tonight we have friends and family keeping us company, praying, and holding us up.
I figure these two events have at least one thing in common and that one thing for me is this: Burdens, like insulation, are not meant to be rolled up tight. It’s better to open up, spread out, and share the warmth. I suspect it’s a quite effective approach, in any season of life.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.