A large but light and cushy pillow lay doubled over on our couch. Wanting to spiffy up some, I took it in one hand and lifted it. Hmmm…this should have felt a lot lighter than it did. Laying it back down and unfolding it revealed a good-sized rectangular rice-filled neck pillow. Ah! That explained it.
It also made me think. Many times we could have had a better, easier and more productive day, but instead pack around unneeded, unnecessary weight. It may not be intentional at all, but there it is, making the task a strain rather than simply and easily done.
Negativity can bring us low! We need to keep a watch, be on the alert, and block what is not in harmony with God’s will. He tells us “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:6-8 KJV. http://bible.com/1/php.4.6-8.kjv
We pick things up unintentionally, unaware even and pack an extra burden. Some things that come to mind that we take on are the stresses of the day, anxieties, fears, what ifs, rejection. We get loaded down by feeling we don’t or can’t measure up, the fear of failure… the list goes on and on. These are added, unneeded loads we carry. They don’t add joy, peace, comfort, grace nor strength to us, but actually the opposite. They drain us, sapping our strength, pulling us down, making life hard. This is not a picture of the victorious life our Heavenly Father wants for us. What He wants us to carry is not difficult! “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 KJV. http://bible.com/1/mat.11.30.kjv
It pays to stop and inspect our load every now and then! We are not in this alone. There is help and we need to access and use that help. God tells us to not carry our burdens but throw them onto His broad shoulders and let Him deal! “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 KJV. http://bible.com/1/1pe.5.7.kjv. We must lay aside some things, cast off some attitudes, choose carefully what we allow to influence us.
Not all that we carry around is bad, but just too much! Do you take on more than you should? When we have too much ‘stuff’ in our hands and our arms are full, we are limited in what we can accomplish, and tasks become far more difficult and time consuming. Some are flat out impossible to do when we are packing that extra load! Just yesterday I had so many bags of groceries, totes, keys and my purse in my hands that I literally had to set some down in order to open the door. All that stuff, those good and wanted items prevented me from access to where I needed to go and from what needed done. I had to lay aside some things and get them later.
Dear Lord, I ask that You reveal to me the unnecessary weights that I am carrying and allowing to settle in my spirit that are not good for me. Help me notice and take care of my attitudes quickly, leaving angst, fear, irritation and dismay behind me. Open my eyes to see what is good and dwell on those things. Show me what is needful for me to do and what is to be left for another day, another person, or just plain left! Thank You for Your tender mercies, grace, wisdom and strength day by day. In Jesus dear name I pray, Amen.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:30 KJV