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A true story by Josh and Karen Zarandona

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda's eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge,with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn't there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth." She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me." Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?" Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it. Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You."

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Luke 1:26 "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."

Did you ever wonder what was going through Mary's mind when she was told she was to bear the Messiah? Some say she believed the angel and wasn't bothered by the fact she was expecting a baby although she was still a virgin. Others say it was every Jewish girl's dream to carry the Messiah and she felt privileged. But I can't help believe she still had doubts. I think when tongues began to wag about her delicate condition she was embarrassed and ashamed. She couldn't help but wonder, "Why Me?" I've wondered if she ever truly realized just how special her load was; if she ever realized that for nine months she carried the Savior of the world! I'm sure she knew He was a special baby and, as He grew into a man, she probably knew He was the promised Messiah, but what were her thoughts for those first weeks and months? And what of Joseph? He did the honorable thing by marrying Mary, despite her condition, but don't you think he must have wondered why this had to happen to him? We've talked a lot about David, Elijah and Jonah in the last few weeks and how depressed they were at times. I'm sure they all asked, "Why me, Lord?" many times.

It is human nature to feel sorry for ourselves and ask "Why did this have to happen to me?" But if you really think about your life, you should be asking, "Why me, Lord, what have I ever done to deserve even one of the blessings of life?" God has blessed us with so much. If you are reading this, chances are you are not living in a cardboard box, eating bread and water or in a hospital. That is a lot to be thankful for. Believe me, when our health or our comfortable lifestyle is taken away, that seems to put everything else in proportion. God knows where you are and He knows exactly what is going on in your life. If He has given you a heavy load to carry, it is for a reason and you may never find out what that reason is! He will not give you more than you can carry. He knows just how heavy your load is to the ounce and He is right there to take it from you when you can't go any farther, too. Sometimes we are carrying around baggage unnecessarily! Sometimes, all we need to do is ask God to take the load from us. But other times, God wants us to carry a burden. It might be to help us somewhere down life's road or it might be to help someone else! God is still in the prayer answering business but our time would be better spent praying for something important or praying a prayer of thanksgiving instead of asking "Why Me?"

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I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, "God, I don't know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will."

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MEME

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