Several years ago while in our crew room, I shared a very stressful situation with a fellow captain. He listened intently and then asked me a basic question, “Do you know where to lay it down?” I responded to him with a clarification question, “You mean, my burden?” He said, “Yes!” I responded, “I do know”. He then stated, “You will be just fine then.” He left the crew room shortly after the comment.
I have reflected on this conversation many times since then. He had listened to me and then gently asked a basic question with which I could identify. At that point, I made the choice to surrender my burden to Jesus. The selfish feelings of entitlement while hanging onto my bitterness takes up precious time that could be used for praising and worshiping God and praying for others throughout the day. We need to be aware of how these burdens block our focus and how they affect the focus of others around us. Surrendering or laying down my “Why me?” burden, my “anxiety” burden, the “unknown fear” burden, and “insecurity” burden…I need to do this daily and sometimes several times a day.
The pilot helped me to refocus and be drawn back into the realm of concentrating on what I need to here on earth as it is in heaven. “Do you know where to lay it down?” EK Consider: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 NASB
This thought was written by Eugene Kraybill. Eugene serves on our FCAP Board of Directors and as Senior Chaplain at the Washington-Dulles International Airport. He is regional Chief Pilot for Mesa Airlines at IAD.