Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Weight

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” - 1 Peter 5:7

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If you've been in an airport for more than five minutes, you've probably seen them.

Those frantic travelers lugging around bags filled with stuff that slows them down, their faces contorted like Olympic weightlifters, one wrong step away from everything just spilling out on the floor.

It’s easy to walk through life like that without even realizing it.

The weight of expectations. The weight of responsibility. The weight of everybody’s opinions. The weight of doubt. The weight of guilt. The weight of worry. The weight of fear.

It all adds up, one bag at a time, piling on until we feel crushed by it.

The weight of it all has driven me into fear. A lot. It has driven me to tears. A lot. It has driven me to feel like a five-year-old version of myself struggling to stay afloat in the deep end of a swimming pool. Every single time.

I think a lot of times we feel like we need to carry this burden on ourselves. Like we’re expected to and need to be strong enough to press on, one sluggish step at a time, until we reach some destination that always seems just out of our reach.

The truth is we don’t. We think everything depends on us. It doesn’t.

If you are tired, weary and broken, there is refuge. There is rest. There is hope. It’s all found at the feet of Jesus.

He wants your weight and mine. All of it. He wants to take whatever it is you’re still carrying, whatever it is you’re not willing to let go of or don’t think you can let go of. He can handle it and do more with it than we ever could.

In exchange for worry, He will give you peace. For all that anxiety, you’ll get comfort. In doubt's place, you’ll get a quiet assurance that it will all be okay. Instead of perpetual exhaustion, you’ll get rest. You'll get freedom when you lay down the chains of other's expectations. It's the best transaction you could ever make!

He wants you to cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you. He wants to give you peace and rest, because He loves you.

Let Him.

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