Burdens Give Us Wings

Dear Reader:

I slept last night. What a joy to be able to say that… I had not slept through the night since Ben arrived. I never knew when Ben would appear in the morning-could be six or ten. He paced a lot at night.

I am going to see him today with his new land line phone and check his mail for him. Wanted to give him a day to start acclimating to his new surroundings.

I remember mother always did better when kept to a firm schedule-any deviation upset her. So I am hoping Ben will soon get into a routine that cements his security and builds confidence in his understanding of each day.

When I woke up yesterday morning I felt like the past few weeks’ troubling uncertainties had lifted-at least enough to give me some breathing room.

My first desire was to try to save as many plants as possible after being neglected the last few weeks. I did apologize to my plants and I felt their gentle forgiveness… once again my garden transformed into my sanctuary.

As I was watering the front porch planters…the sun’s rays going through my bottle tree brightened my spirits-thank you God.

However it has always been stories that saved me and while going back through some old posts… God once again made the following selection for me to share with you today. It is an old legend.

Burdens Give Us Wings

Long ago God had a great many burdens which He wished to have carried from one place to another on earth…so He asked the animals to lend a hand. But all of them began to make excuses for not helping: the elephant was too dignified; the lion, too proud; and so on.

Finally the birds came to God and said, ” If you will tie the burdens into small bundles, we’ll be glad to carry them for you. We are small but we would like to help.”

So God fastened a small bundle on each small back and they all set out walking to their destination. They sang as they traveled and did not seem to feel the weight of their burdens at all. In fact, every day the burdens seemed lighter until the loads seemed to be lifting the birds carrying the burdens.

When they arrived at their destination, they discovered while removing their loads, there were WINGS in their place, wings which enabled them to fly in the sky and the tree tops!

They had learned how to carry their burdens and their loads had become wings … carrying them nearer to God. Burdens we carry for others may become wings of the Spirit, to lift us into happiness such as we have never known.

So until tomorrow… blessings can be found in burdens when shared with others.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Burdens Give Us Wings

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    ❤❤❤…and I will lift you up on eagle’s wings…God is good.

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