Psalm 55:22 Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders— he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.
Audrey had been looking forward to this adventure trip all week and it was finally here! She had packed her backpack with loving care making sure she had everything necessary for the hike. She had even packed extra water because it was supposed to be a hot day. As they trudged on the hard rocky footpath, Audrey stopped admiring the flora and fauna around her and focused on how uncomfortable she was and how heavy the backpack was. Sweat rolled off her brow as though the liquid had been purposely poured there. She could barely lift one foot to place in front of the other. She decided to sit and let the others go on without her. Fiifi spotted Audrey struggling and lopped over. He didn’t have a backpack; just a water bottle. He offered to carry Audrey’s backpack for her; at first she resisted but eventually gave in. They walked side by side to catch up with the others. Audrey remarked how beautiful all the flowers, birds and greenery were.
Our lives are a lot like Audrey’s expedition. We start out with excitement and joy and then lose steam along the way. We stop seeing the glory that is God and instead fear, anger, anxiety, depression and sin fill our vision. Even when we try to get rid of them it doesn’t work; it actually gets worse.
Thank God for Christ! He promises to lighten our load in Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
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Once Fiifi had Audrey’s burden she no longer felt weighed down and could begin to appreciate the beauty around her again. That is the difference Christ makes in our lives. The sacrifice He made on Calvary took away all the things that drained us, lay heavy on our hearts and tortured our souls. This left us free, weightless and in a position to once more appreciate the glory that is God. You’re good people; God isn’t going to let you go waste.
Think About This
Where is your focus? Are some things still holding you down? Give them to Jesus; His arms are open wide.
I surrender all the things that hold me back and weigh me down to You. I choose from this day forth to focus on only You and the wonder that You are. In Jesus name I pray. Amen