I had waited for far too long, convincing myself that I could postpone this task just a few days more. I made every excuse in the book why I just wanted to hold off on going:
- I’m too tired
- I’ve got a school assignment that’s due next month
- I just want to watch Netflix and drink coffee.
Because I had continued to put off the task of grocery shopping until I could see all four walls of my cupboard, I was in for a massive wake-up call Thursday afternoon.
After much stuffing and readjusting, the lady working behind the register had managed to help me shove every last item (including a 12-pack of bottled water) into one bookbag and three, yes three, large grocery bags.
The bags were literally overflowing and a couple of times I even had to stop to pick up the paper towels that decided they would much rather roll the mile back to my studio.
I would walk several hundred feet and just have to stop. My arms had developed sores from the bags pulling at the skin, and the mile trek to my flat wasn’t shortening.
What normally took about 13 minutes or so ended up taking almost 40 minutes because I had to keep stopping, readjusting, and praying.
I was just so exhausted and I wanted nothing more than to collapse into bed and not get out for a while.
Even now on Monday morning, my arm still bears what my friend called the “battle scars” of my desperate grocery shopping exhibition.
The Lord spoke to me in such a vivid voice that day as I stood motionless on the sidewalk. He reminded me that I often times do the same thing in my spiritual walk with Him.
Rather than handing to Him the desires of my heart or the burdens that weigh me down, I try to trudge along in my own strength, insisting that I’ve got it all together. I don’t want to bother God with my trivial problems.
I wait, and I wait. I delay giving it to God because I’m scared, or I like the illusion of somehow being in control of a situation. Whatever the case is, delays turn into damages.
Not only was my grocery bill a good bit higher than I had anticipated, the walk back to my flat was one of much exertion and pain. I’m not joking when I say that I had to pray the entire way back for both physical and emotional strength to survive this incident.
Psalm 68:19 reads, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation.”
God isn’t just some distant divine figure who wants nothing to do with us. The Lord offers us salvation, He extends His hand in favor. But our God is gentle and has no intentions of forcing us into relationship with Him.
We must make the decision to deliver our burdens over to Him. The longer we cling to these parasites, the more they suck the life out of us and delay what God has in store.
Jesus reminds His followers of this beautiful truth in Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jesus offers an exchange of our burdens for His. He died on the cross and rose again so that we might enter into a relationship with Him, and yet we often insist upon living life independent of Christ.
He is strong, He is mighty, He is faithful until the end.
It is imperative that we stop putting God in a box! He’s not just the Lamb, He is also the Lion of Judah with awesome power!
When we understand that truth, we will be less apt to keep our burdens to ourselves until they encroach upon our spiritual lives. Do not wait to call on Jesus until you’re so far entrenched in struggles that you are barely treading water. Call on Him now and share your pains with Him!
Ask that He would give you a wisdom in these circumstances and that He would bathe you in a fresh anointing of His presence. God is willing and wanting to move on our behalf, but are we opening ourselves to His power? Are we stepping outside of our comfort zone, stepping out of the place where we feel as though we have control and surrendering it all at the foot of the cross?
Lastly, brothers and sisters, Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” That doesn’t mean that you spend night after night awake because you are stressed over what a friend’s going through or that you overwhelm yourself by trying to actually take someone else’s burden on.
What Paul is getting at is to help those in need out. Don’t let a brother or a sister trudge down the streets of life beneath the weight of a yoke they don’t have to carry. Pray for them and point them back to God. Walk alongside of them and serve them with a Christ-like attitude.
No matter what, we will always be carrying a load in this life, but we can choose what that looks like. We can either fall beneath the burden of our shortcomings or fly in the freedom of our salvation.
Video of the Day: Let There Be Light