Laying down your burdens to the Lord requires the first step of laying down your pride and tight grip on these burdens. We fixate on the problems and thus they grow while our faith hangs put on the sidelines and shadows waiting its use. We need to humble our heart and visualize placing our problems/burdens at the foot of Jesus who can actually help and grab our faith up and then let go of those burdens. Then focus on God who just helped you yet again and thank Him for it. Ponder His amazing ability to handle every problem in the world simultaneously. Really try to n wrap your head around that and then be thankful that such a powerful God delicately made you and sustains you because of His enormous, unfathomable love for you.❤❤❤
Now, herein lies the bent of being beaten down. We tend to focus on the beating. We tend to get despondent and morose, maybe even melancholy or depressed. We see the problem, the thorn in our side, the evil of the situation and we often succumb to the ugliness of it.
I offer a solution. Focus on God. He is the positive, the light of life. We can’t sit and stew in the dark when we could turn the light on and have joy and peace in any situation. God is that source of goodness. And He is enough. He is the only One. And often, the only supportive encouragement on earth comes from Him.❤
When I was growing up, a “staring problem” was when someone was staring at you for no reason. The result was someone calling you out for it and whipping your tail if you didn’t knock it off. Everyone acceoted that as normal and those co sequences normal. It was just how it was. Nowadays, there are two new “staring problems” and I am calling them out. Not enough people are and not enough tail whipping is going on. 1. Too many surveillance cameras see too much and know too much. 2. People are staring at their tech and not living life or socializing nearly enough. I am calling it out. Both deserve a tail whipping because both are bad. These are not good things. We as individuals and as a society need to address these enormous and glaring “staring problems”.❤
Trials of all sorts are inevitable. If you are not in one or just stepped out of one recently, one is just ahead. They hurt. They try you. They rip you to shreds. They make you feel low and vulnerable and humble (hopefully) and insignificant in the scheme of things. Why do we have to endure these things? Because we can get a little prideful, a little haughty, a little too big for our britches. And God is our Father in Heaven. An excellent, perfect father as He is to us does not let his whiny snot-nosed brats (like we are sometimes as adults) just get whatever we want and watch us brag about it and want more. No, a perfect father does not let his kid get away with murder or evil things or just continue along a monotonous path we feel comfortable with forever. Why not leave us alone? Because He is alive and we are too and a good father as He is wants the best for us. He wants us to stretch our limits and see what amazing gifts He gave us to use and enjoy. He wants us to grow our characters and become more like Him, more perfect each day, more willing to serve and help and show love. He wants us to be good. So, He disciplines sometimes and tests other times and both feel like the same thing- a painful trial. Trials, if you have ever endured them, suck. They tear you up. They make you feel really really stupid. So don’t expect a fun road, but the absolute best thing anyone can ever do to get through a trial faster is this. My secret. Here it is. Give Up. Immediately, once you recognize the trial, fall down flat on your face and give up control to God, humbly admit that He is God and you are not and let it go to Him. More may be required, like some degree of effort to accomplish a task, but often God takes care of the rest when you humble yourself and ask Him to. Learn the lesson. Find the correction or lesson quickly and it will be over quickly. Be proud and haughty and find your own way out and you may have to go through the same or different versions of the same trial over and over and over, you get the point. The beauty of God as Father is not only that He wants us to grow and stretch and improve, but He also is filled with love and adoration for us. So He gives us this monster to tackle, but when we ask Him for help, He tackles it with us/for us/through us. Amazing. So, if facing a trial or just did or will do, please remember my secret and use it. It is free. It might save you a heck of a lot of pain. God bless you!! 🙂
Any problem can be put into its proper perspective if you say “This is smaller than God”. This works because it is truth. Everything is smaller than God. You, me, problems, disappointments, discouragements, darkness, death, Satan, enemies, hatred, every single thing you can imagine or call up, God is bigger. This is a great faith building exercise. Write it on notes everywhere. Text yourself. Text a friend. “This is smaller than God”. Or you can take the bigger half, and say the same thing like this “God is bigger than this.” Of course, for this to work, not only do you have to know God is bigger and problems are all smaller, you need to also bear in mind that God loves you so much!! So, He is bigger but also has your back. Whoa. Big story. So there it is, short, sweet and to the point, in the face of any problem, “This is smaller than God.” Once we know that mixed with His great love for us, anything that hits us is temporary and doable because God supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory (and He owns everything). All He needs from us to accomplish this provision for us is the faith of a humble heart. We muster that faith and it unleashes God’s willingness to fix it. We have to give Him the reins. “This is smaller than God.” And God loves me.
Of course, you make bread. When your bananas brown, you make bread. It is just that simple. When things go in a way that is inevitable but you don’t want to think about, you make the most of it. When the eggs don’t get scrambled, you make an omelet. You get the food analogy thing. It is important to know that we live in a world where things are going wrong. They are going wrong because it is inevitable that they do, we are warned that things are going to go wrong until Jesus returns, which is soon, folks. So, what do we do? Cry that we worked hard and it’s not going right? No. That would be silly because we already know that will be the case. We change our hat, flex our agendas and celebrate the soon coming of our King. Aslan will return. The King with come back. We do not mourn inconvenience for the moment. No, we are followers of the truth. We anticipate the forever after this brief bad spell. There will be joys along the way if we are flexible and look for them. My friend and mentor Char Pierson used to say that we are supposed to be “Flexible to the point of liquidity but not vaporization.” I like that. It’s not so bad when problems come. We know they will. It is pretty incredible that we are seeing the moments before the greatest event of history (after the birth and resurrection/re-birth, that is). Don’t mourn your bananas going brown. Make bread and enjoy each morsel.
The most freedom I have ever experienced in life is when I have trusted God with every aspect of my life. When I let go of trying to fix or control or have everything and just say, “Take it, God. You know how best to fix this. You are in control. You are big enough to handle this. I am just a little girl”, that is when freedom moves in and takes residence. Relationship difficulties? Give it up. Huge decisions on your plate? Just let go. Why do we always try to be superhumans? Why is our cape always dirty because we try to take off flying and end up dragged in the mud? Why keep fighting gravity? Because that is where the enemy is trying to keep us. Spiritual enemies, the enemy of pride, of self-importance. We are important, but we are humans. Why not just be content doing the best we can and letting the Professional of every aspect of life handle it? It works for me. Sometimes I still fight the surrender, but I just remind myself, “Give it up.” And when I truly do and work on my part of it and do what I can, giving God the rest, He always takes it and exchanges it for peace and joy and sometimes a great surprise I didn’t even imagine. There is immense freedom in trusting God and letting go.