The Old Lady and the Basket

by | Jun 8, 1998 | Surrender, Worry

A funny story tells about an old lady who was living in the village. She had never owned nor even been in a car before. One day, she was returning home from the market carrying a big heavy basket on her head, when a rich man riding his car passed by. Kindly, he offered to drive the lady to her home. She thanked him and got into the car with her basket. On the way, the man glanced at the lady in the mirror, still holding her basket over her head. Astonished, he asked her to lay the basket down in the car and rest. The old lady naively replied, “Oh my son, your car is carrying me; this is enough, I should not burden it carrying my basket too!”

What an innocently funny response! We sometimes do the same with God. Everyday, God carries us during the day. Still, do we insist in carrying our heavy baskets of worries and fear of the future, for family, kids, spouse, money, job, etc? We are carried by Almighty Hands, watched over by Sleepless Eyes and God plans our future. Let us then relax and lay down everything in God’s Hands.

The old lady, if she agreed to lay down the basket, would have to carry it again when back home. But the beautiful thing about God is that once we cast our heavy basket in His Hands, we do not need to think about it anymore.

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

Have a wonderful blessed week – free of “baskets.”

Contributed by Maria


The Old Lady and the Basket