I wonder how much more peace our lives would have if when we laid our burdens at the feet of Jesus, we actually left them there?
The other day as I was driving in my car, thoughts ran through the back of my mind. Before I knew it – I began to feel worrisome.
What if this doesn’t get done? What if this doesn’t get paid? What if …?
The “What ifs” of life threw me into a frenzy.
Have you ever felt like that?
That morning, before I ever stepped inside my car, before I ever made my favorite breakfast of blueberry oatmeal, I sat on my bed, wrapped in a blanket and prayed. I told God about everything that concerned me.
But as my day began to unwind before me, problems arose instead of dwindled. That’s when worry overtook me.
My to-do list stretched as my faith in God shrunk.
My stress levels rose as my trust in God declined.
The burdens – the ones I laid down at the feet of Jesus in the morning – I took them back on my shoulders to bear later that afternoon.
Have you ever done that?
I left home feeling light and airy and returned feeling heavy and weighed down. I don’t like that feeling. I don’t like living that way. And if you struggle with this too, I bet you don’t enjoy living like that either.
But how do you change that? How do you learn to give and not take back? How do you have enough faith in believing God can carry the load? Ultimately, I’m finding it’s through a process.
First you give.
Then you receive.
And lastly – you trust.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22 NIV)
The Bible tells us to cast not carry our cares unto the Lord. What is it in your life that may be weighing you down? We have a choice to either let our problems overwhelm us or lay them at the feet of Jesus. We do what we know to do and have faith in God to do the rest. We can do that by giving our concerns to God in prayer and leaving them there.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)
There is rest and peace to be found when we unload our load unto the One who can bear it. God offers this to us daily, but we don’t always receive it. We get so focused on the problem rather than the problem solver. When we lift our every worry unto Him and leave it instead of snatching it back, there is peace that comes from knowing God hears us and will help us.
“But I trust in you, LORD; I sat, ‘You are my God.'” (Psalm 31:14 NIV)
We must have enough trust in our Father to know He is able to carry our cares. The more confidence we have in who He is, the more willing we are to lay down areas of our life unto Him, so as to not carry the weight of our every worry. We must trust when we are unable to see Him working. We must trust when we are unable to feel Him working. Trust is a hard one, but it’s the biggest part of any relationship that must be settled from the beginning. Either you trust someone, or you don’t.
This is an area of my life I’m working on. I’m a slow learner, but I am making progress, and that means I must continually remind myself that our Father can handle it. God is greater than the concerns that consume me.
God can bear burdens. Calm craziness. And only He can provide peace in the middle of the plight.
Above all else, He can be trusted.
When I find myself taking back the burdens I left at the feet of Jesus, remind me who You are. Remind me that You can carry the load. Remind me that You can be trusted.
In Jesus’ name, amen.