Bearing burdens without God includes lots of fear, stress, anxiety, and plenty of self-pity. Burdens are heavy y’all. It’s like the earth’s gravity has increased and each movement is cumbersome and toiling. My heart is heavy, my soul is heavy, and I get so tired. Tired. Wondering if the heaviness of what I am carrying will squish me right into the earth. When my youngest son was hit by a Mack type Truck while riding a motorcycle in Cambodia, I was beside myself with fear. God spared his life. He survived with a broken pelvis and dented up arm. But then the fever came. Sitting in a developing 3rd world hospital was scary enough, but waiting for the fever to break caused me to just about come undone.
It doesn’t have to be a dramatic accident that causes us to lose it. It could be the day to day living in an oppressive situation or the unending absence of an unanswered prayer. It’s times like these when the enemy loves to lie to God’s children. I can’t begin to understand God’s will, and why some things happen, but I do know that in life, God requires us to go through hard times. It may be for a moment, or it may be for a season, but some things are just required.
My advice for bearing burdens with God, comes from the direct experience of failure. Wallowing in my fear, I couldn’t figure out how I had gotten so far from God. I took these measures to reset my faith. First, I decided to admit my need for help to people who could remind me of scripture and pray over me. I also found comfort in the promises found in the Word and in the declarations of God’s character…a sure way to fight the lies from the devil. Sometimes I would fall asleep quoting particularly relevant verses over and over. I also took deep spiritual comfort in the idea of sharing in Christ’s suffering. Another way I fought my way to peace was to be grateful. I made a list and used it when I prayed. Finally, I admitted to myself that I had a problem with trust. I begged Jesus to show me how to say “Not my will but Yours.” (links to scriptures are included)
I love what Oswald Chambers said about burdens:
“Roll thy burden upon the Lord”– you have been bearing it all; deliberately put one end on the shoulders of God…Commit to God “that which He hath given thee”; not fling it off, but put it over onto Him and yourself with it, and the burden is lightened by the sense of companionship.
There have been time when I have been so distraught that words can’t be formed. Those final days when my mother lay suffering with ALS were a nightmare….a perfect moment to turn to the Comforter. Pray to the Holy Spirit ya’ll. Tell Him to take your groans before the Lord…and He will.
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