My friend, may I ask you a question? When we relinquish our burdens to God, does He offers us joy and growth as we travel over the bumps and washouts of life? And, do we do so without the heavy burden of carrying a load of care He wanted to carry in the first place?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner.
When the local paper comes I open it immediately to the Sports Section. It isn't the sports that I am looking for, however. The daily crossword puzzle is in that section. Monday through Friday the puzzles are pretty easy and I'm able to solve them in a matter of five minutes or so. But that Saturday puzzle is always a challenge. It is three times larger, the puzzle clues are two times smaller and many times harder to solve. Saturday's puzzle is no five-minute job. Whereas during the week I always finish the puzzle even if I make a mistake here and there, that Saturday puzzle is rarely finished. I guess it's the nature of the beast. It would be hard to relinquish the finish line on an easy weekday puzzle. But that Saturday puzzle is different. Sometimes you just have to walk away and come back on Sunday to take another crack at it.
God often applies the same logic to problems in our lives. Letting go is sometimes just what the divine doctor ordered.
Here's a thought from Barbara Johnson: "Years ago, my son Larry left home, disowning the family, and vowing never to return. Six years passed before he came home again. I'd lost one son in Vietnam, and another the victim of a drunk driver. 'It's always darkest just before it goes totally black,' I told myself, laughing. I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I didn't think there was any way I could possibly get through all the losses. It's a monstrous myth that faith in God is an insurance policy against the blows of life. Tragedies happen every day and Christians are not immune. I climbed in the car one day with suicide on my mind. I couldn't believe I had reached that point. And suddenly I realized that I might not be successful in my suicide attempt and could end up making baskets in the home for the bewildered. 'Lord,' I said, 'I can't handle this anymore. If he never comes home again, whatever happens, I'm giving my son to You.' When I said, 'Whatever, Lord,' I felt a complete sense of relief. Letting go was what He wanted me to do all along." (Barbara Johnson)
At the point that Barbara let go the Lord gave her joy. It makes sense, doesn't it? When we relinquish our burdens to God, He offers us joy and growth as we travel over the bumps and washouts of life. And, we do so without the heavy burden of carrying a load of care He wanted to carry in the first place. God's help always arrives at just the right time. But, if we aren't willing to give Him the burden, that timing is wasted. Are there burdens in your life that are dragging you down? Try walking away from them today. Let your goal be "Whatever, Lord!" The "what" is easy for Him to carry when it is too heavy for your to hold.
We pray. Heavenly Father, teach us to relinquish our burdens to You, because You offer us joy and growth as we travel over the bumps and washouts of this life. Why do we choose to carry these loads of care in the first place because You wanted to carry them for us all along? We know that Your help always arrives at just the right time. Forgive us Father when we aren't willing to give You the burden, when it was right to do so, in the very beginning. Please take the burdens of life that are dragging me down today? We want to walk away from them right now. Let our goal be "Whatever, Lord!" The "what" is easy for You to carry when it is too heavy for us to hold. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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