Today’s God Calling message encourages us to lay our burdens down; actually, to drop them and to be sure that Jesus will handle them.
This says a couple of things to me. It lets me know, first, that my physical needs of food, shelter, and clothing are not my burdens. Jesus addressed needs and burdens separately. Needs and burdens are two different things. Burdens are those things that weigh down my heart and spirit. They include things like the stress of worrying about how my needs will be met, fear, anger, unresolved relationship issues or other unresolved issues, pain, failures, shame, guilt, etc. A burden is any emotion that I’m carrying in my heart and spirit. Jesus said, “Come to me all ye heavy laden and I will give you rest for your souls.” His hand is over all and He is in control. He’s got you covered.
Secondly, there’s a difference between laying something down and dropping it. Drop a glass onto some concrete once and watch what happens. It shatters the minute it hits the ground. That’s the way we need to see our burdens when we put them in Jesus’ hands. Jesus is our rock. We need to see them as already done with, taken care of, and over-as in behind us. We need only to trust in Him and His Word and to stand on that truth. Jesus said the truth that we know will set us free. We know He can’t lie and that He keeps every promise because He is the truth, the life and the way.
I have a couple of bags that I carry around with me at least every morning and evening, and sometimes all day. Every day I have to unpack and repack. Sometimes I have to rearrange everything in my bags to redistribute the weight and make them a little easier for me to carry. As I was carrying them this morning and thinking about this message, the Lord spoke to my heart. “There are some burdens that you really haven’t dropped, Eden. There are some burdens that you’ve just been unpacking and repacking and rearranging to make them a little easier to carry.”
I thought back over some old wounds and hurts. There are some old resentments that seem to keep coming back to mind again and again lately. I had to admit that I have been, in fact, doing just that-unpacking, repacking and rearranging them. I haven’t dropped them at all. Here I am with those things still weighing me down and slowing me down. Those good ol’ (NOT) burdens…They’re one of the causes of relapses when we’re trying to overcome addictions and they are the stumbling blocks that trip us up and cause us to fall when we’re trying to walk forward and upward to new life. -Go figure!
If you hear breaking glass today, don’t worry yourself. It’ll just be me dropping some burdens.