Today I Facebook messaged with an amazing friend who is struggling with many things. Our interchange got me to thinking about how I handle heartaches and burdens in my life. It pressed me to do some study and I was so greatly encouraged. I wrote this to my friend, but I could have been writing it to myself because I needed to be reminded of these things too.
Oh, dear Friend.. You are bearing quite a load. My heart is heavy for all that you are carrying. And even though the road that you are on right now is not an easy one, the Lord is gently leading you through it.
Would you take some time to cogitate on Who you know the Lord to be…on how He has come through over and over and over for you in the past…Who you’ve seen Him to be with your very own eyes and heart? I know when I am overwhelmed by life, my sight can be distracted and arrested by my burdens… I need His help to choose to be looking at Him and Who He is. What is His Character? Ask yourself:
- Does the Lord love me?
- How much does He love me?
- Does He see me?
- Does He see where I have been, where I am, where I am going?
I want to encourage you to cast (violently hurl away from you) your cares purposefully, one by one on the Lord. You are not made to carry all of this. You are made to live like a
shot-putter….hold the weight only long enough to fling it as far from you as you can! Watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5jpErXKvwg …especially the slow-mo of the guy at 4:07. He uses everything he has to fling that thing away.
It’s not like your cares are not legitimate: health issues, income issues, parenting issues. These ARE HUGE and must seem overwhelming! This devotional has some good words in it and encouraged me this morning:
Peter was not writing his letters to people who just had trouble with hangnails or bad hair days….their cares were life & death issues!
I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know, but the solutions that the Lord has for you are going to be amazing. Jesus has every need of yours carefully and attentively provided for. He actually lined up this provision even before you knew you would have the need.
Are you afraid of missing the will of God? When it comes to the will of the Lord, which one of you wants to find it the most? It’s not your husband and it’s not you…it’s
Jesus, Himself. He is not going to let you miss it, if you continuously give yourself completely to Him. But He never said: “In this world, you’ll have it easy.” In fact, He assured us that in this world we WILL have tribulation (John 16:33). He also said that His yoke was easy and His burden light…IF IF IF we come to Him when we are weary and overburdened and take the rest He offers (Matthew 11:28-30).
Imagine your little child coming to you and saying: ‘Mommy, I’m worried that we might not have enough to eat next week.’ You might tell her to let you take care of that. You might remind her that there has never been a reason in her past to worry about that. You would tell her that you love her and that she needs to remember how much you love her. You’d probably say that her Mama is going to make sure she has everything that she needs…you would reminder her that you are characterized by your care for her every need…. And doesn’t your care for your children pale in comparison to the Lord’s care for you?
Have you read this story about Corrie ten Boom? When she was a very little girl and she used to travel with her dad by train to nearby cities to pick up parts for her dad’s watch and clock repair business:
…And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sexsin?” He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case and set it on the floor. Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said. I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. It’s too heavy,” I said. Yes,” he said, “and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you
must trust me to carry it for you.”
I think it’s the same with the worries of our lives: even though the Lord has allowed all of these things into your life right now, He’s not asking you to CARRY them. “… you must
trust Me to carry it for you.”
This is Jesus’ message to you today: look to Me. Find your rest in Me. I have every detail handled. Don’t focus on the future. You have only this hour…you don’t even have tonight…let alone next month or next year. Just do the next thing that comes to your
hand. AND, be open to possibilities and dreams that you have not allowed yourself to hope for because of financial & other constraints.
Here’s my prayer for you today from Ephesians 3:
14…I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
And here is God’s command to you: “So do not fear, for I am with
you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and
help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Enjoy today. This is the day He has made for you and for His glory. And look for the Lord’s many reminders/surprises of His love for you. It’s okay…no, it’s more than okay, it’s your DESTINY to be in this process, this struggle. God’s not annoyed with you for trying to work it all out. His love for you is more that you can imagine in your wildest dreams.