How do you lay your burdens down? I’ve been examining many of my spiritual practices recently in an effort to draw nearer to God. I’ve recently picked up a practice that I haven’t done in a couple years. It’s good to have ways to connect to God, to have a way to be real with God. We all need a way to lay down our burdens.
The problem is that most of us internalize our stress and have a remarkably hard time letting things go. Especially when those things are painful.
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.”
This is a beautiful and encouraging verse, but there’s a catch. God will sustain us, but we have to first cast our burdens on the Lord. Many times we want God to sustain us but we’re unwilling to lay our burdens down, to truly lay them down. We like control and we’re terrified of turning the really big worries over to God.
We want God to sustain us, but we don’t want to give up control. Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.
I have been reminded recently that serious, heart-wrenching pain is an all too common reality in life. I have recently sat with friends who are experiencing grief and loss. I have heard stories of pain and anguish, and I have been reminded of the times in my own life when I felt like giving up. The times when I didn’t want to go to work or school or whatever because I was too upset, or just too tired. I imagine we all know what this is like, and if you don’t, you will one day. We all face times of grief and loss. We are all saddled with heavy burdens from time to time.
Many of you are carrying them right now, and so I ask again; how do you lay your burdens down?
God will sustain you through times of trial and heartache. God will revive your soul and bring resurrection in the ways that you need it the most, but first you must lay down your burdens.
I don’t know where you are today, or what burdens you might be carrying, but it is my hope that no matter where you may be, you find the grace of God. I pray that it is well with your soul and that you are able to lay your burdens down and allow God to sustain you.
Have a wonderful week my friends.