As a woman walked along the seashore, she added shell after shell to her netted bag. Shells of fear, worry, shame, stress, to-do lists, etc. Her shoulders stooped as her bag became heavier and heavier, and finally she was dragging it through the sand.
Then an amazing thing happened. She took the bag and flung it, the shells emptying and scattering. As she faced the ocean, she raised her hands to the heavens and proclaimed, “I am free!”
“Casting the whole of your care
[all your anxieties, all your worries,
all your concerns, once and for all] on Him,
for He cares for you affectionately
and cares about you watchfully.”
~ 1 Peter 5:7 AMP
Are you bowed down with all these things? Do you, like me, too often let these things weigh you down? What a blessing if we can let go and give our burden over to Jesus, to fling away those weights that bow us down, and proclaim freedom in Jesus!
This story was a short and powerful clip before a film I saw that showed Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, the one of whom Jesus cast out seven devils. From then on she desired to follow Him and did until His death.
As Mary Magdalene followed Jesus, she witnessed many miracles. She saw the many women Jesus healed and saved. She experienced how He showed love and compassion to all, including women, even though women were disregarded at that time.
Then something happened that choked the hope and life out of her soul. Jesus was crucified and buried. She was bereft of any comfort without her Jesus.
As the woman in the clip, Mary Magdalene was bowed down under a heavy load. She mourned and wept at Jesus’ grave. She thought He was the Messiah. But now all her hope was gone. All Jesus’ promises seemed to mock her. Will she ever feel joy again?
Wonder of wonders, Jesus revealed Himself to her. Yes! He is alive! Yes! He is the Messiah! Yes! He is the Savior who would free her!
Do you know of times like these when you can’t feel that Jesus is truly alive? I’m afraid I sometimes live too much in a mournful state as if Jesus is still dead. Do you struggle with this, too?
May Jesus break us free from the chains that still sometimes bind us. May we learn to fling all our burdens to the cross. May we remember Jesus IS yet alive today and forever!
Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.
She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put Him.”
She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize Him.
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought He was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will go and get Him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said.
She turned to Him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
~ John 20:11-16 NLT
You can view this movie on youtube,
but it doesn’t have the clip at the beginning.
“I Am Free”
May we let go of our burdens
to Jesus who is alive forever!
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8 thoughts on “Letting Go of Our Burdens to a Living Jesus”
That sounds like an incredibly powerful movie, Trudy! I stay so weighed down. I love the visual of just throwing it all and raising hands to the heavens. That’s just breathtaking! Thank you for this encouragement and important reminder Jesus will take it from us if we allow Him.
Hi Candace. I’m so glad you are encouraged. Yes, it is a powerful movie. I just found it on youtube and added it to the post. It does not show the clip at the beginning though. I found the clip so powerful, too. Longing with you to throw all those burdens away and raise our hands to the heavens! May Jesus lift you and carry you and help you to let go of these burdens! Hugs!
Oh yes, I am free! Love, love, love the Newsboys song which I heard sung by Roy Fields in a revival on God TV a few years ago. Stirring reminder.. just what we need when shame or pain try to pound us to the ground and we feel anything but free. This is a lovely, encouraging word, Trudy, from a heart longing for that inner certainty, as am I. May you come to truly know the Truth of this message for yourself, dear friend. God is using you to reach out to others but I sense you may also need to heed the words He gives you to share, much as I tend to have to do once I’ve written them! Live and fly freely in those wonderful currents of grace. Xox :<3
I’m so glad you are encouraged, Joy. We need to remind ourselves more often, don’t we? I am free! Yes, I often write words that I’m trying to believe myself. Sometimes it’s easier to believe it for others than for myself. May we both heed Jesus’ promises to love, cherish, and be with us always! Hugs!
Hey Trudy, thank you for linking up with us today on #livefreeThursday. I hope you’ll check out the blog just before you and share encouragement . ❤ Blessings!
Hi Susie. I just found you today through someone else who linked with you. May God bless you and your ministry for Him! Hugs!
I think Jesus meeting Mary at the tomb is possibly my favorite story of the Bible. Just when she thought all hope was lost, he called her name — oh I just love that! And I’m glad I saved your post to ready today as I head into my weekend – -I will be pondering it and the love that he has for us. (P.S. thanks for sharing your tire story in your comment on my blog — it was a gem! 🙂 xoxo much love!
Hi Valerie. I really love this story, too. So hope-filled. May He personally call our names and give us hope! Much love to you, too, Valerie. 🙂 Hugs!