The disciples of Jesus once asked Him why He used so many parables to teach the people about God and how He deals with us. Our Lord told them that it made getting His point across a lot easier. When I read this article years ago, it too sounded like a parable. Maybe it will help you deal with a real dilemma that many Christian’s face in life. I could not find the name of the author, but I give whoever wrote it credit. Read it with an open-mind, and I’m sure it will speak to you.
A young Christian dealing with all kinds of troubles had reached the end of their rope, so to speak. Finding no relief and seeing no way out, they dropped to their knees in prayer. “O Lord, I can’t go on,” they said, “My cross is too heavy for me to carry any farther.” The Lord replied, “My child, if you can’t bear its weight, just bring it to my Cross Supply Warehouse right over there where others have left their crosses. Lean it up against the wall after you get there, and then walk around and pick out any cross you want.”
The believer was filled with relief and said, “Thank you, Lord.” They got off their knees and did what the Master told them to do. After placing their cross against the wall, they saw all kinds of crosses lining the walls and stacked up in the aisles. Some looked heavy, and some looked thin; some were short, and some so large the tops almost reached the roof. After walking around for quite a long time, trying to decide which one fit them best, they finally spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. Relieved, they shouted out, “I’d like that one, Lord.”
It took a second, but finally, the Lord replied hesitantly, “Are you sure you want that one?” The Christian said, “O Yes. I think I can carry that one.” Then in a low but compassionate voice, the Lord whispered to them, “My child, that’s the cross you brought in!” So you see, when problems in life seem overwhelming at times, it helps to look around and see what other people are dealing with and the size of the cross they have been given to carry. When you do, you may consider yourself far more blessed than you imagined. – Dr. Robert R Seyda