“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you, He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 CSB
Five years ago today I was in a major car accident. It was early in the morning, around 5:30 a.m. I was in Northern Virginia on my way into work when a taxi cab ran a redlight and t-boned the rental car I was driving. It all happened so quickly, the cops were there, my husband was notified. Before I knew it I was on a train heading back home less than two hours later. Thankfully I wasn’t injured, but it was as I was sitting on the train I realized I could be. The airbag had deployed, I had taken the full force of it. Panic started to seize me as I realized I was stuck on this train for three hours, if I needed medical help I was in serious trouble. That is when I pulled out my Bible and began to read. That is when I cast my burdens on the Lord, asking Him to calm my anxious heart and give me the peace that only He can offer. I did make it home, my husband picked me up from the train station when I arrived and took me straight to the hospital for a full examination. All ended well.
The feeling of panic that overtook me as I realized the seriousness of the accident is one I have never forgotten. But even more than that, the peace I found when I turned it over to the Lord was more amazing. Opening His word and losing myself in it gave me what I needed that day. God is always available to us to unload our burdens, we’re the ones who don’t turn to Him and lay them at His feet.
How can we lay our burdens at His feet?
Reading His word is one way. Another way I have found is by writing it down, whether it be in a journal or a bottle. The reason I chose the image for this section of beachology is because of the message in the bottle. I picture it as one of my burdens that I’ve written down, put in the bottle and set it adrift out to sea, never to be seen by me again. That is what it is like when we give our burdens to God. It’s letting it go, trusting He will handle it, you no longer need to worry about it. Unfortunately though, all too often we dive in after the bottle to grab it and bring it back to shore, we don’t want to let it go. But we have too. It’s what God calls us to do. He doesn’t want us living stressed out, maxed out lives. He wants to let our worries drift away on the tide as we rest in Him.
Whatever burdens you’re carrying today, cast them on the Lord. Let Him handle them, He’s just waiting for you to give it to Him.