Endurance, When life is Hard

When your burdens are too heavy….

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“When the burdens of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”  – Psalm 94:19

Most days I feel overwhelmed. There is so much work to do, so many decisions to make, so much wrong with the world, so much drama in my life… not to mention so many children to raise, so many meals to cook, so many words left to write, and so little time.

Is all this worth the effort??

The weight of all these burdens is debilitating.

People say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle!”

Nope.

I call Garbage!!!

Instead, God gives us always more than we can handle so that we are forced to recognize that we cannot handle it alone.  

Burdens more than you can handle

“No. Maybe you just need a vacation“, You say?

But, I ask you, when you come back – What’s different?  Has anything changed?

Not really.  Now you are just bitter that real life can’t be more like your vacation.

Getting a day off doesn’t mean work goes away – in fact, it just builds up while you are gone.

So, what gives?

Maybe it was meant to be like this!

Wait, what!?!

How could a good God desire trials for the children that He loves? (Read also: Why God? Exploring the Reasons behind What God Asks of us)

Back to the Beginning

In the Garden, Adam and Eve had it easy.  They walked and talked with God daily, and STILL didn’t trust or appreciate Him. They CHOSE to leave Him, to hide themselves, to run away.

But, the whole reason we were created was for God to have someone who wanted to love Him back with the same intensity with which He loves.

God IS love. – 1 John 4:8

It cannot be contained. It pours out into creation.

And that creation has a choice.

They can chose to go it alone, to turn their back on God, and try to figure it out themselves.

“…you will be like God…” – Genesis 3:4

Or, they can choose to recognize their need for God.

Now, life is hard.

We have been “removed” from God. His face is veiled.

But, that just means that now we can MISS Him. Once we know what life is like WITHOUT Him, we can better feel how much we NEED Him.

How could we desire Him as much as He desires us if we had no idea what it was like to be apart from Him?

Maybe the Fall was a good thing! Maybe it was what was best for us.

Now, we must seek God

Yes. We have to DO something.  We must ACTIVELY pursue Him.

Yes, it is work, but doesn’t that make us appreciate Him all the more when we find Him?

It is not hard to find Him, but we MUST truly seek.

But seek first the kingdom [of God] and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.  – Matthew 6:33

He desires to be found.

And when we find Him we will never desire to be parted from Him again.

And when we are with Him, well, then we are not alone.

Yes, dear heart, you are not alone.

But, you must take the first step.

So, when your burdens are too heavy to carry alone….

Remember,

  • Our burdens are His way of calling us to Himself. He wants to take them if we will let Him.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  – Matthew 11:28-30

  • If He is asking you to do something, then it is “His problem” and He will have to take care of it – you can only do what you can do – so as long as you are truly giving your all, there is nothing left to stress about.
  • If you have taken on something more than you can handle and are doing it for the wrong reasons, then STOP NOW! Pull out. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t be afraid. Anything you are doing that is outside the Lord’s plan for your life is distracting you from His plan. If the Lord is truly the master you serve, then only His opinion matters. (If you don’t know if this is your situation or not, try the Making Time for God Challenge – sign up at the end of this post or in the library!)

What is God using to call you closer to Himself lately?  What burdens is He asking you to lay down? Comment below.

It takes courage to let go of control and take these leaps of faith, share your struggle so we can lift each other up in prayer.


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