Don't Carry It Alone

Yesterday I was able to visit my parents and my sister's family. We had a good visit. It was a nice way of forgetting the separation we are in for a few hours. When we left at about 10 pm I decided I should check my email on the way home. (Moira was driving!) I had an email from one of my second grade parents. That's not unusual. I get them every few days with questions on assignments and things. However, this one was different. There was a burden in the message. That burden that all of us feel sometimes. "Am I doing enough? I feel like I'm at the end of my rope."


It's in those moments we need to be reminded of a couple of scriptures:


1. Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus tells all to "come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Jesus does not want us carrying our burdens alone, and He certainly does not want to add to our burden. He says, "I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves." Take time to rest in Him. Stop and pray. Spend time in His word. Get away from the crowds and spend time with God your father. It's what Jesus did and what He would do for His disciples. Find those times of rest.


Speaking of whom...


2. 1 Peter 5:6-7. Peter, one of Jesus' disciples, writes, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He might exalt you in due time." Sometimes we get to points where we think, "If I don't do it, it won't get done." We get self-important and this causes a strain on us. As Peter says "humble yourselves" he's reminding us that our world does not depend on us doing all things in our strength and ability, and that we are not the only ones. In verse 7 he reminds us that someone else is in charge and cares more than we do. "Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you." You see God cares more than you or I do for all of that which is going on. Even for our cares.


As I put these two verses together I realize I love and serve the God who cares about everyone including me, and He cares enough for me that He doesn't want me to carry my burden of care alone. I must cast it upon Him knowing how much He does care. It reminds me of a simple chorus I have been singing for years:


I cast all my cares upon you.

I lay all of my burdens down at your feet.

And any time I don't know what to do,

I cast all my cares upon you.


Simple, but true. Just the way I like it. Now I have to live it.


Doug

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