Sometimes your life goes differently from what you’ve planned. After my studies, I farmed on two wonderful wine farms for 12 years. I was exposed to the day-to-day life of a farmer and all the challenges that hold. One of the major challenges is that you are controlled by nature.
If there’s a drought, there’s a drought. If the wind starts blowing too early, the flowers are blown off the vines and you have no harvest. Often you end up farming for the bank manager.
The next eight years in the business world taught me a lot and made me strong enough to go my own way. I didn’t always enjoy it and many Sunday evenings I resorted to a braai to get rid of the blues that settled over my spirit. Later on, I became a glorified personnel manager who had to stand up to the cold unions. At night, cash flow ran away with my sleep.
But when I look back over the years today, I realise that God had allowed my life to take different directions. I didn’t end up with loads of intellectual knowledge, but rather with experience that you simply cannot find in books.
I know what it’s like to be a farmer. I understand farmers. I see right through their red eyes to the pain of keeping everything upright.
I know what it’s like to wrestle with the cash flow bear and how many amps it’s drawing from the businessman who is sitting here in front of me, overcome, with no joy, ready to pull the plug on everything.
To understand another person, you have to walk in his shoes. To mean something to someone else, you have to put on his shoes somewhere along the line.
That is what Jesus came to do. Jesus walked the dusty streets here on earth. He couldn’t remain sitting in heaven and think the He could understand the hardship and pain we have to bear every day.
14 Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death.
It’s rather comforting to know that Jesus knows exactly what we go through. He is not standing apathetically on the side-lines. Certainly not, because He personally experienced it. What you’re going through now, that hard road you’re walking, Jesus had to take on too.
He was humiliated. He was taken to court and falsely accused. The church called Him a liar. He was spit on. He lost everything. He was whipped. Nails pierced his hands and feet. He was hung on a cross. He was murdered.
Jesus understands your mountain of problems. He knows. Take it to Him. He understands. He has walked in your shoes. He knows the way of hardship, but He also knows where it leads.
What is hard for you?
Do you believe that Jesus understands?
Can you take it to Him right now?
Jesus, thank you that I can know that You have already walked in my shoes. But I don’t know how to hand it You. Please help me! Please make my hardship lighter. Amen.
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