From the time we are babies, we are taught to become independent and self-sufficient. It is a process that we go through each day. Each day we hope to become stronger and less dependent on others. Although being independent does make us less of a burden on others, and it does have its positive aspect, it also has a bad side. A bad side, what? A bad side indeed. The world teaches us about ourselves, the “me” in us, to become strong, to strive to be a person with a cape. However, there are times that we realize that we just are not that tough. We need help, we need encouragement. We fail, we need to be picked up and comforted. We need to have someone to carry us through the days when we can’t even muster the strength to walk. Who can that be? Where can we find this person? Will they think we are weak? Will they even be willing to help bear our burdens? Most likely we may find someone who can help us some of the time but not ALL of the time. What is the solution? God.

All of the time He is with us. All of the time He is available to comfort us, pick us up, wipe our tears and take our burdens. We may not feel Him with us all of the time but that is due to our own fault. He is with us, we just are caught up in some feelings that muddles our minds to think that He does not care.

What are you gripping in your hands, those clenched fists? Stressful days, family issues, health problems, pain, sadness, anger.. He knows about them. Yet, we continue to keep them enclosed in our fists, trying to sort it all out ourselves. We think that we have enough strength to conquer them. We do not. We will fail. God wants us to open those closed hands and drop those burdens at His feet, through Jesus. Can you give up wanting to control those burdens? It is a fear that many of us have. We feel that God is too busy or does not care for our burdens. He does. He is just waiting for us to come to the realization that only He has control. Not us.

Stress burrows in each of our daily lives. We will never be rid of it. However, we can put our burdens at His feet and ask Him to lead us. Truly submit to Him. It sounds easier said than done, I know. Can we do baby steps with it though? Take one day at a time, slowly stop gripping those burdens and ask Him for His strength. Fuel up on His strength.

Verses to meditate on:
Isaiah 33:2
1 Peter 5:7
1 Corinthians 10:13
Nahum 1:7
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By Lorena Grace