Getting real

December 25, 2016 by  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

I knew I shouldn’t feel overwhelmed like this. The Bible says to “rejoice always.” Yet, while I plastered a smile on my face (at least with others), my heart felt like crying or quitting, not rejoicing.

I had the wrong picture. God didn’t want me to just pretend things were easy when they weren’t–He called me to pour out my heart before Him and cast my burdens on Him.

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8 (KJV)

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

There’s such freedom in being real before God–in coming once again to the foot of the cross. He doesn’t expect us to get things right or understand everything perfectly. Jesus came and died in our place to be our righteousness. He urges us to simply come to Him.

As we cast our burdens on Him, we discover the very things that overwhelmed us are really opportunities to practice handing things over to Him. He can show us from there what we need to do–if we’re willing to really surrender.

A wise older woman recently reminded me that life often gets overwhelming. It’s a part of living in this fallen world. Yet each difficulty or obstacle is but another opportunity to run to our heavenly Father’s arms and let Him teach us.

– christian perspective

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