Today is the 183rd birthday of Hannah Whitall Smith. She was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Quaker parents. She married Robert Piersall Smith in 1851 who was also a descendant of Quakers. They were both influenced by Plymouth Brethren and later the Methodist revivals. Hannah Whitall Smith is most known for her book, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life which is still in print. This book is a guide to living a life of full surrender to God. Even though their marriage suffered greatly and later she suffered with severe physical pain, she still lived a life devoted to God.
Over the years, I have appreciated this quote from her.
“Most Christians are like a man who was toiling along the road, bending under a heavy burden, when a wagon overtook him. The driver kindly offered to help him on his journey. He joyfully accepted the offer but, when he was seated, continued to bend beneath his burden, which he still kept on his shoulders. “Why do you not lay down your burden?” asked the kind-hearted driver. “Oh!” replied the man, “I feel that it is almost too much to ask you to carry me, and I could not think of letting you carry my burden too.” And so Christian who have given themselves into the care and keeping of the Lord Jesus still continue to bend beneath the weight of their burdens and often go weary and heavy-laden throughout the whole length of their journey.”
As we journey through life, may we give our burdens to Jesus.