Burdens

Psalm 55:22 – “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

My kids are in middle school. Sometimes, they come home with their backpacks so laden with books that they are bent at the waist trying to carry them. They are walking with their faces toward the ground and with a saddened look in their eyes with the dread of all the homework they have to do that night.

All my life I have have heard the analogy of leaving your burdens at the cross. And when you unload them from you pack, you have to turn away from them and walk away. The problem is that all too often we pick them up and carry them around a bit more. We put them back into our pack and begin to look like a bunch of middle school students walking around with a load of homework. Our face is to the ground and our eyes are sad.

Why do we do this? Why do we feel that we must pick them up again once we lay them down? Why do we let our burdens steal our joy? Why do we wear our sad faces like a badge of honor – just accepting our lot in life to be miserable?

Sometimes life stinks. You may have days, weeks or maybe even months that just flat out stink. Situations or circumstances just make you miserable. People just totally disappoint you. The list could go on and on.

Yet, we do have an outlet. We do have a Savior who gets it. He knows what it is like to be disappointed in people. He knows what it is like to have life stink sometimes. Think about Jesus in the Garden for a moment. He was there with the weight of the world on His shoulders. Life was stinking pretty bad. His friends were supposed to be supporting Him and every time He went back to them they were sleeping. People were disappointing Him right and left. Yet, when He reached the pinnacle of disappointment, He had peace. He was standing amongst the leaders of the Jews while they were spewing lies about Him and He said nothing. He just let them rail on Him. He had laid His burdens at His Father’s feet and left them there. He knew that He would take care of them. And although people continued to disappoint Him and His life began to stink even more, He had peace.

That’s the key – leave your burdens where you lay them. Don’t pick them up and hold them for a while. Don’t look at them longingly. Don’t go back and pet them. Leave them there. Let God handle them. You may not get the answer you want or it may not be in the time you think it should be, but remember – Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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