Letting go?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do Christians who give up all their cares to the Lord face life’s burdens much better than those who try to bear the weight themselves? Is trying to bear sin’s heavy load all by ourselves not only foolhardy; it’s impossible?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I have calendar software on my laptop that allows me to pretty much schedule my day from morning to evening. I have the ability to schedule appointments and tasks on a daily basis or on a repeating basis. As the week progresses, however, the jobs always seem to pile up. That’s when I employ a device I call “selective exclusion.” I go through my calendar when I arrive at the office in the morning. As I gauge the amount of time I feel that I will have that day, I begin to select less critical tasks and move them into tomorrow or, perhaps, the next day. Each day I do the same. Eventually everything gets done but not always on the original schedule that I had set up when I first scheduled the week. Some jobs just keep sliding for a while until I have the time to get them done.

Here’s a story: Early one fall, while the leaves were still on the trees, there was an exceptionally heavy snowstorm. Sally’s grandfather took her for a drive and said, “Notice those elms, the branches are so badly broken that the trees may die. But just look at those pines and evergreens. They are completely undamaged by the storm. My child, there are two kinds of trees in the world, the foolish and the wise. An elm holds its branches rigid. As it becomes weighted down, eventually its limbs break. But when an evergreen is loaded, it simply relaxes, lowers its branches, and lets the burden slip away. And so it remains unharmed. Be a pine tree, granddaughter.” (Source Unknown.)

Christians who give up all their cares to the Lord can face life’s burdens much better than those who try to bear the weight themselves. Trying to bear sin’s heavy load all by ourselves is not only foolhardy; it’s impossible. The Bible tells us that we should “Cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).That doesn’t mean that when the load becomes too heavy we need to turn in panic to God and cry out for help. No. It means that we need to lead a life of “casting away” and “relaxing” our pride and our “I can do it myself” attitude. Trying to bear life’s burdens on our own only leads to a broken life, damaged by the heavy weight of sin. We just need to let things slide into tomorrow or even beyond that knowing that everything will get done and done right; on God’s timetable and in “His” way.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord help us to let go of the things in this life that burden us, weight us down, and even break us if we don’t relinquish the responsibility for carrying the load all by ourselves. Make us flexible like the beautiful pine trees that You have made so that we can bear the weight of sorrow and pain and then let it go into Your hands. Forgive us Father when we wait too long and we become broken, even destroyed. We praise You Father that You have and will take the burden from us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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