• “Bare heights of loneliness…a wilderness whose burning winds sweep over glowing sands, what are they to HIM? Even there He can refresh us, even there He can renew us.” – Amy Carmichael

Lightening the “Load” by Michelle Garver

ship ”And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship.” Acts 27:18

In this chapter, Paul is with some men on a ship which is caught up in a “temptuous wind, called Eurocyldon.” Eurocyldon translates into the greek as being a storm, or even further a billow or a raging wave.

In verse 18, we are told the men “lightened” the ship. They dumped loads of cargo in order to make the ship to be able to stand in the midst of the storm. Though the storm was fierce and the billows high, the ship would not sway so much or be in danger of even tipping over! if the weight of what was in it was not so heavy (Mt. 11:30). We see these men doing all they can to stand (Eph. 6:13) awaiting until the trial of the storm is over.

This is also true in the Christian walk. When we are experiencing these “storms” or trials in life, are we still holding onto the unnecessary baggage that creates for a heavier or burdensome load? How much easier is it to guide the ship through the tempest storm(or the things that tempt us!) when we haven’t unloaded unneeded burdens which weigh us down and cause our ability to have a calm walk to be disrupted?

 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1 Peter 5:7


The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. Hebrews 12:27 (The Message)

Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore! Psalm113:2

“It’s one thing to unpack,
 but another to pick up more,
as you go…
packing cares and burdens,
or How To Manuals,
 instead of trusting
Who Will, take us to the end…
no luggage needed there.”
Share to Google Plus

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • “Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself.” – Elisabeth Elliot (Let Me Be a Woman)

Copyrighted works are the property of the copyright holders. All works are shown free of charge for educational purposes only in accordance with fair use guidelines. If we have inadvertently included a copyrighted work that the copyright holder does not wish to be displayed, we will remove it within 48 hours upon notification by the owner or the owner’s legal representative.

Verse of the Day

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. — Colossians 2:9-10 (NKJV)

Stay Connected

Recent Comments

Return to Homepage