Sometimes we can feel like we're carrying a heavy load, maybe even too heavy a load?
In the area where we live, there are several great privileges. Among them is the St. Clair River. This river is an incredible waterway, that runs south, connecting Lake Huron to Lake Erie (approximately 65km). At it's narrowest, there is only 800 meters from Canadian shore to American shore. It is full of life all year round, as a freshwater playground for residents in two countries, and being home to diverse water and wild life.
This setting accentuates the spectacular site of a large shipping vessels making their way through the Great Lake system. When they are empty they sit higher on the water. When they are loaded down, they can seem to skim the surface. Yet they stay on the water. They move almost silently. They displace very little water, even as they move methodically on their course despite carrying between 10,000 tons and 40,000 tons of cargo.
It's mesmerizing to witness the ease and lightness of its movement.
How do they do it? How do they stay afloat despite their own weight, plus all the weight of the cargo?
The short answer (I'm no scientist) is: buoyancy. Which means there is more air on the inside, which offsets the load, and keeps it lighter than the water in which it is placed. This is why a rock will sink but a giant freighter will float. If the ship were filled, using up all the air in the empty chambers and to the top of their cargo holds, it would sink. There is an intentionality to the narrowed fronts and wide body. There is a purpose to the height of the chambers. There is a calculated strategy to understanding how much can be held, how fast the ship can travel and how much should be unloaded before taking on more.
“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.”
"Participating in the Kingdom of God requires ongoing faith in and dependance on the Holy Spirit. This requires an entirely different paradigm for how we think about and plan our (life)."(The Kingdom Unleashed by Jerry Trousdale and Glenn Sunshine, p. 235)