- 1 Peter 5:6–7 ICB
In the nineteenth century, ships were often overloaded, resulting in sinkings and loss of life.
In 1875, to fix this problem, British politician Samuel Plimsoll pushed for a law to require a line to be painted on the side of a ship to show if the ship was overloaded. That “load line” continues to mark the hulls of ships today.
Even at your age, life at times can feel overloaded. Maybe you have a lot of homework or there might be some family trouble going on. It can make you feel like you are “going under.” When that happens, it can help to remember that your heavenly Father can help you carry that load. The apostle Peter said, “Be humble under God’s powerful hand. Then he will lift you up when the right time comes. Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6–7 ICB).
When life feels heavy, remember that God still loves you very much, and he knows your load limits. Whatever you face, He will help you stay above the load line.