24/7 National Hotline: 0860 163 272 info@neasa.co.za

Dear friend

We crave for certainty, but it constantly remains out of our grasp – … and that is a good thing.

This morning, during my quiet time, I read from a book, Streams in the Desert by Chas Cowman, written almost a hundred years ago. The author made this profound statement: “Crushing weights (burdens) give the Christian wings”.

The author also quoted from a poet by Mary Butterfield. The following is my rephrased version of the profound truth from that poem:

– My place is not beneath the load – but on top.

– God meant not that I should carry the load; He sent it here to carry me.

– Our burdens are our wings; on them we soar to higher realms of grace.

– Faith grows through exercise, in impossible circumstances. Therefore, without our burdens

   (extreme challenges), we have underdeveloped faith.

– “O paradox of Heaven, the load we think will crush was sent to lift us up to God”.

– So, lets “mount our loads, and rest in Him”.


May you have a victorious day.

Gerhard Papenfus