Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Laying it Down...

     Just recently I had a conversation with a good friend about being stressed with life situations and unmotivated to do the things that she (or we, because I am right there with her) need to being doing in our daily lives. She stated that she knew that she just needed to lay everything at God's feet and leave it there... not pick her situations back up again and try to carry them on her own... but didn't know why she kept picking them back up again.

     I understand exactly how she feels. I know that the problems, circumstances, and situations that I am faced with in my life belong at Jesus' feet and not on my shoulders; but for some reason I feel the need to constantly carry them with me. When reflecting on our conversation I was reminded of a screensaver that I had made for my computer at work several years ago. At the time, I was trying (on my own) to deal with a lot of stressful situations that were going on in my life and had decided to make a "Corbie's life motto" reminder to keep in front of me at all times on my computer. (SEE PICTURE) It was just a small reminder for me to lay everything at His feet and leave it there. As time went on and I became interested or focused on other things,  I changed my screensaver to another picture and forgot about my "life motto" reminder until our conversation the other day. Just as I had forgotten my reminder, I also had forgotten to leave my situations at His feet and not try to carry them on my own.

     All too often we get caught up in the things going on in our lives ... the stress, the worry, the overwhelming pressure of dealing with the things that life throws at us daily... that we forget that we don't have to carry those burdens ourselves. God has offered to take them from us and actually instructed us to give them to Him. Psalms 55:22 speaks of casting our burdens on the Lord and he will sustain us. And in Phillipians 4:19 we are reminded that our God can supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory. There are many other places in the Bible where we are reminded of our Lord's constant and timely provisions for all of our needs, situations, and circumstances.
     So... why do we insist on handling everything on our own? Why do we refuse to lay it all down at His feet and walk away from it? Perhaps it is a spirit of independence that we have developed over time. An independence that should be turned back into a dependence on God to take care of our every situation, problem, or need.

    As a result of God's gentle reminders through casual conversation, I have been brought back to my "life motto" that I came up with all those years ago. Because of this I will begin again to focus on leaving it all at His feet and walking away. I will remind myself again to focus on His glory, unconditional love, and ever timely provisions. Just as we read in Phillipians 4:6-8, I will turn it all over to Him and trust that He will take care of it all as He sees fit. I will choose focus on Him and all that is good in Him, and hold fast to the fact that I am His and that He will give me peace that surpasses anything I could possibly understand. That is why I am simply laying it all down...

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