Freedom from Burdens
by Ella W. Hoag
All the world is longing for freedom from the burdens which seem to beset human existence. All sorts of methods have been devised to bring about this freedom; but even the most earnest efforts have not brought results, apparently only plunging mankind deeper into dilemma and distress.
One reason for these burdens is that people have been obsessed with the belief of a false sense of responsibility. When the serpent first told Adam and Eve that if they would disobey God, they would be as gods — when that outrageous, egotistical lie of existence separate from God was presented — the belief in false responsibility claimed to become a part of human consciousness. From that time to this, human history has largely been made up of the efforts of mankind to govern everything.
With this supposed possibility of life and mind separate from God, there also came the belief that everyone was responsible, not only for himself, but for their neighbors as well. In all this, God seemed to be left out of His universe. Immediately the burdens began to appear, and they have apparently gone on multiplying.
Since God alone can be responsible for the conduct of His own creation, burdens have inevitably resulted from the sinful assumption of personal responsibility. The human race is therefore confronted with the necessity of giving up its false sense of depending on itself, and of learning to trust all things to God, divine Mind, if it would be rid of its burdens. Jesus taught and demonstrated that God alone could govern and control; for he never admitted that he could think, act, or exist apart from God. As Mrs. Eddy tells us, “He claimed no intelligence, action, nor life separate from God.” (S&H)
Christian Science, therefore, in compliance with Jesus’ teaching, opens the door of deliverance from all false responsibility, with its consequent burdens. It not only shows us that each one may individually trust God to direct him and his affairs, but also teaches how each may trust everyone else to His wise, perfect control. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” When people learn this lesson fully, all will be able to cast their burdens on God, and be free.
To catch even a glimpse of the wonderful truth that God, divine Mind, is always present, governing, directing, controlling all His ideas, immediately opens the way to understanding and demonstrating the Christly humility which claims no false responsibility. Instead, we will find ourselves free from burdens, since we may cast all our care on the omnipresent, omnipotent, divine Love, which intelligently, wisely, lovingly cares for all.