Do you have burdens on your heart today? Do they weigh down so heavily that you feel like you can’t go on? Do they stick to you like blood-suckers, sucking out all your hope and energy?
Sometimes it can be so difficult to let go of what’s troubling us. We can dwell on it and rehash it over and over. We may even increase our burden by beating ourselves up if we can’t make someone else’s life better.
There are so many events in life that are totally out of our control, but with tight fists we still hang on. We want to fix things. We want to be the ones to make things better.
I’m a slow learner when it comes to this. I repeatedly have to learn to give up my control. I have to let go of my will and leave all matters into God’s hands, even if it would mean they don’t go the way I want them to. God always sees the bigger, better picture.
And sometimes when I feel so downhearted and forsaken by God, I have to intentionally focus on Him Who has cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46) Jesus hung naked and exposed, surrounded by scoffers and mockers, riddled with excruciating pain from the nails driven through His flesh. Yet, in addition to all this agony, He suffered the withdrawal of His Father’s love and favor. He did not only “feel” forsaken by God. In every sense He “was” forsaken by God – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.
Because of this, God will never forsake us. We may “feel” like He does, but He doesn’t. We don’t have to understand why things happen the way they do. We just need to trust that God will design a glorious picture in spite of all the messes splashed onto the canvases of our lives.
Whether our burdens are known or secretly harbored within the deep recesses of bleeding hearts, Jesus cares and has the power and the will to handle each one. So let’s roll them off and set them down at the foot of the cross – all troubles, needs, and concerns, including those of our families, friends, and other hurting souls.
What burden are you carrying in your heart today?
When and how has God shown you in the past how willing He is to carry your burdens?