My friend, may I ask you a question? When we pray about things but still allow them to sit on our minds, will they rest on the counter of our lives like tempting and challenging packages of woe beckoning us to carry them all in one trip? Instead of reminding ourselves that these problems may be too difficult for us to tackle alone, do we go for it and try to carry them anyway?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I love challenges. This morning as I was doing the usual morning things, I spied it! There it sat challenging me and there just was no way I was going to be able to work around it or ignore it. It was last night’s pizza boxes sitting on the counter. There they were, piled high and just waiting to be carted off to the trash in the garage. It simply was too tempting. The entire kitchen counter was clean, except for those boxes, several empty soda cans and two empty Starbucks’ cups. Although, I was already carrying two video tapes in one hand, I thought. “I could put the soda cans on top of the boxes. Yes, that would work. I could do that with one hand while still carrying the videos. Then the coffee cups would come next.” This was a real challenge since, in addition to bulk there was now the tip factor. One false move and everything would come crashing down on the floor. There, everything stacked, now all I’d have to do is balance everything and with my free hand, open the door.
As you can guess, I didn’t make it to the trash. Seeing that no hand was free to turn the knob, I tried to set down the videos. That caused an awkward movement that put the entire stack out of balance and everything came clattering down on the hard tile floor leading to the garage. I failed the challenge because I hadn’t taken two precautions. First, I didn’t put down the load I was already carrying and, second, I picked up a load that was too bulky to be carried in one hand.
When we pray about things but still allow them to sit on our minds, they rest on the counter of our lives like tempting and challenging packages of woe beckoning us to carry them all in one trip. Instead of reminding ourselves that these problems may be too difficult for us to tackle alone, we go for it and try to carry them anyway. In the end we drop the ball and find our- selves scurrying, trying to pick up the pieces of our lives that didn’t need to be there in the first place. Life’s burdens are meant to be carried with help and not alone. As much as we might like a challenge, the challenge of taking on burdens that were designed to be carried only by God in the first place, must always be put aside. There’s just no point in trying to carry problems not meant to be carried in the first place. First, put your burdens down and drop them squarely on God’s shoulders. He waits at the door of your heart to receive them right now. God just didn’t design you or I to carry these problems alone.
"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, when trouble hits, our first defense is often how much we are able to pick up and put back together as we can possibly hold. We reach out and grab as much of the trouble as possible, take a deep breath, and heft it up on our shoulders; only to find that it doesn’t fit there well. Our shoulders are never broad enough to bear the burden; yet we try to do it anyway, time after time. Forgive us Father when we choose to go it alone, carry it alone, and bear the pain alone. The shattered pieces of life belong to us, but are owned by You. Dear Father, please help us put it all back together again. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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