I was looking at a reality show about tow trucks making major tractor trailer rescues on the highways. There was an accident that caused an tractor trailer to overturn with some heavy steel coil rolls strapped to its extended flat bed. Due to the weight of not only the tractor but also the load of the coils, about 3 tow trucks worked together to even the load so that they can pull the overturned truck back onto it’s wheels with it’s load still strapped to it. But something happened during the pull to safety; the weight of the heavy load shifted. The steel coils moved to the edge of the tractor’s flatbed putting so much weight on its side, that if the tow trucks released their hold, the tractor would turn right back over again.
So the tow trucks had to stay connected to the tractor trailer and turn their attention towards shifting the load back to the center of it’s flat bed so that the weight would become balanced and the tractor could stand on its own. But that posed another problem. Some of the chains of the tow trucks got entangled in the chains that were holding the steel coil rolls to the tractor trailer. It became evident that one of the tow trucks chains needed to be cut in order to release the entanglement.
But with the cut, posed a dangerous issue. There was so much tension on the entangled chains, that if the chain was cut in the wrong place it would cause it to fling loose with such great force that it could injure those around. So the chain had to be cut at the spot with the least amount of tension allowing one of the tow trucks chains to be safely released, so that the other chains would become untangled and again strengthened to continue their work.
Because the restriction of the entanglement was gone, the load was shifted and centered so that the weight was evenly distributed on the back of the tractor trailer; and the tow trucks were able to release their chains so that the tractor trailer would remain on it’s own wheels.
What a task…
We all carry heavy loads and burdens and sometimes it takes several people praying or supporting us in different ways to put us back on our feet when we fall over. Sometimes you may notice that one may have to let go and free themselves from being entangled in our situation, just so they don’t become a restriction to the shift that needs to take place in our lives.
Whenever someone has released themselves from our situation, if the release is not cut off properly, at the place of lease resistance, you may find that there may be a whiplash of tension, anger, resentment, and many other feelings and emotions that affect many involved. And this can drag on and on for days, weeks, months, and even years, depending on each ones level of spiritual maturity. When this happens, the ability for us to see the value in the release can be obstructed by the present pain and hurt caused by the cut that has left us deeply wounded (and that’s in addition to our load).
Reasons why one may have to release themselves from your situation can range anywhere from them not being able to handle the weight of your load, to being tested and tempted to fall in the same manner because of the lack of strength and self-control required to watch themselves, as they attempt to restore you. The Bible says in Galations 6:1 AMP, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any sin, you who are spiritual [that is, you who are responsive to the guidance of the Spirit] are to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness [not with a sense of superiority or self-righteousness], keeping a watchful eye on yourself, so that you are not tempted as well.”
Verse 2 goes on to say that we should “Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]. For if anyone thinks he is something [special] when [in fact] he is nothing [special except in his own eyes], he deceives himself.” Galations 6:2-3 AMP
However, make no mistake, as we attempt to carry one another’s burdens, we still have a responsibility to bear our own burdens, and that’s where the real task comes in. Though one may lend support to you and help however they can, they still have to bear their own. Verse 4 continues to say that “each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another. For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].” Galations 6:4-5 AMP
And, the concept is the same with prayer. Intercessors, prayer warriors, ministers, evangelists, and many others, are tasked with coming in like a tow truck to pull you up with prayer. But we must be aware that there are times when, due to their own personal situations, their prayers for you can become entangled and they must free themselves to clear their minds and hearts of their own situation before their prayers for you can be effective. In doing so, their release allows the freedom of those whose hearts and minds are clear to be strengthened, so that your load can be shifted to a place where you can again begin to bear it on your own two feet.
As we consider these things, Jesus is our prime example, showing us how we can be released from the entanglement be free to make the shift to salvation. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].” Hebrews 12:1-2 AMP