Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Off-roading is a passion for some people. Off-roading for us is the way to get around. In our area of the jungle, the government began a road project about 30 years ago, building a road between two points in the jungle…but never connected it to the outside world. From the end of our road to a road that goes to town is a three-day hike. We live on a road that goes nowhere.

My son Matt got a used Kawasaki Mule (something like a golf cart on steroids), and the Lord enabled him to airlift it into the tribe. Now I’m not sure what the Mule was supposed to do when they designed it, but we use it for every purpose we can find. It hauls fuel drums like a fuel truck. Like a logging truck, it carries timber of every size in lengths up to 14 feet. As cargo hauler, it brings our supplies over the mountain from the airstrip. As a church bus, it carries people to church. Quite often it transports sick or injured people as an ambulance. And sometimes, it serves as a hearse.

A mission worker dubbed the Kawasaki Mule, “Skippy the Bush Kangaroo” for the way it bounces along the road. (There was an Australian TV show of the same name years ago…with a theme song. Yes, we sometimes sing that theme song when we drive down the trail.) We know what it can carry, and we don’t overload it. Call it  “Mule” or call it “Skippy,” the little machine does more things than what it was designed to do.

In all the duties and opportunities that come into your life, can you say the same? If the load seems to be too much, remember Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The load you are carrying, you don’t carry it alone. Believer, God Himself promised to put no more on you than you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Though the load is heavy, He is there with you. He will never leave you, and He will never forsake you. And He reminds you to come to Him, for there is the place where He can give you rest. You might not have your own theme song, but I’m certain He’ll put a song in your heart.

With that in mind, Skippy, let’s help carry someone else’s burden.

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