I hope that you are doing well! While overall, I really am well, I still can’t help but notice lately my heart is a little heavy with different burdens of life around me right now.
On top of regular day-to-day life, I feel like there are always the constant questions in the air waiting for answers. Little questions like, “What will I make for dinner, do I even have groceries for that, did I remember to call that person back, when will I have the time to write that post I was hoping to?” Big questions like, “How will we come back from this? Why did that have to happen to them? Will my loved one feel better? What is the right way to respond to all of the theories going around right now?” And then, there are the emotions behind the scenes and the worries that start to sprout up in my heart as I look at current events and think of the future. But hardest of all are the burdens of what people I love are walking through. I feel like those questions, burdens, emotions and worries are so much heavier than my actual to-do list. It can be like a track playing on repeat in the back of my mind all day.
But what can I do with those things?
If you’re anything like me, you ignore them for a while. I can normally power through and keep doing “the next right thing” as Anna from Frozen would advise. All you parents of Frozen fans know what I mean 😆. Well, that works for me and Anna for a while, but eventually, the inevitable happens, and those things start coming out of the cracks. Recently, someone I knew went through a very hard time, and the next thing I knew, I was finding myself constantly on the verge of tears. Like, all you would have to do was tell me what you had for breakfast and I might cry.
I was telling my family about it, and my sister was like, “You had better make some time to just go cry before it comes out in a bad way.” Another family member told me it sounded like I was carrying some things that I shouldn’t be. Make time to go cry? Stop carrying things that I shouldn’t be?
It was so obvious to everyone but myself. I needed to cry, and I needed to take those tears and those things that I’ve been carrying and stop carrying them. I needed to do what the Word says and cast them on Jesus. That word cast is actually a very active word. Think of casting a fishing line.The Word is telling us to throw those burdens away from ourselves and onto Jesus.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”I Peter 5:6-7
Can you relate to holding on or carrying some things that are not your burdens to bear? It’s okay to admit that we’re carrying these things that are too heavy. We need His help. He didn’t mean for us to carry them alone. If you’re like me, you may mistakenly start to think that you’re strong enough to carry them. But it’s actually prideful of me to think that way. These things belong in His hands for Him to take care of.
I’m going to straight copy and paste out of David Guzik’s commentary here because it encouraged me so much and I hope it encourages you too. He says,
“Casting all your care upon Him: True humility is shown by our ability to cast our care upon God. It is proud presumption to take things into our own worry and care about things that God has promised to take care of (Matthew 6:31-34).
Spurgeon used the illustration of a man who came to move your furniture, but he carried a huge and heavy backpack of his own. He complains that he finds it difficult to do the job of moving your furniture; would you not suggest that he would find it easier if he laid his own burden aside so that he could carry yours? In the same way, we cannot do God’s work when we are weighed down by our own burdens and worries. Cast them upon Him, and then take up the Lord’s burden – which is a light burden, and a yoke that fits us perfectly.”David Guzik
Seeing myself carrying burdens in this way is so eye opening for me. By trying to carry them myself, while I think I’m helping, I’m actually hindering myself from being able to help at all. When I’m trying to carry those burdens too, I think of my hands being full and unable to really be vigilant to what’s going on around me and able to respond well (which the next few verses actually talk about!) I need to obey the Lord in surrendering those burdens to Him, where they belong.
So how do we cast our cares on Him? We come to Him and talk to Him, knowing He cares. Talk to Him about what you’ve been carrying, what you’ve been feeling; He already knows. I, personally, have to repent for my pride and for trying to carry things so long on my own. And then we hand them over, ask God to please carry them for us… and then, we let go, believing by faith that He cares, He hears us, and He can work in those situations. He will guide us in them and give wisdom in the actions needed. He is all powerful and able. We can rest our minds from the constant thinking and worrying about figuring them out, and trusting that He is.
And then, hopefully the next time we notice ourselves trying to carry them again, we bring them back to Him a lot sooner.
Thinking about all of that, I can’t help but want to sing this old hymn by Scriven, this version is my favorite, here are the lyrics =) .
“What a friend we have in
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer”