From Burdened to Blessed

I was having one of those days, a day full of this and that and several of the “other things.” Nothing horrendous or devastating, but you know how it is, when things just keep coming and coming, and then suddenly it’s too much.

Encumbered.

So I took a walk.

At first I was too involved with my own issues to notice anything around me. But as I talked with God, He opened my eyes to the stunning beauty around me. The sky was a brilliant blue. The fall leaves displayed their glorious colors in the trees all around; and the fallen ones offered a friendly crunch beneath my feet.

I turned a corner and had to smile. I knew that on this corner was a house whose owner had decided, instead of a big lawn, to plant corn. I’d watched it grow all summer. Now the harvest was over, the brown cornstalks stood straight and bare. And intertwined were morning glories!

Leave it to God to bless me with beauty.

I began really looking around me. I think trees in the fall are a lot like people. Some jump the gun six or eight weeks ahead of time, changing colors to be the first to show off.

Others go half-and-half, not sure where they stand, whether in summer or fall.

Some bide their time, lurking; then, like a firecracker in the span of a day, go all-in.

Some are hold-outs, clinging to all the green they’ve got for as long as they can.

Some are so brilliant they’re almost electrically charged.

Others are more muted in their colors.

And some are content to drop ’em and go to bed early.

Besides the morning glories, there were other late-bloomers.

By the end of my walk, I realized I still had the burdens, but God had blessed me with His joy. Like Psalm 81.6a I removed his shoulder from the burden. Burdens are still there, but God removed my shoulder for a while. He’s going to show me how to deal with each one, in His time.

When You Can’t Take it Any More, Jesus Will Take It

WhenYouCantTakeItAnyMoreJesusCanTakeIt

I considered writing a post about casting all your cares upon Jesus because He cares for you (1 Peter 5.7), but these hymns say it so much better.

Are you carrying burdens? God didn’t design us to carry such heavy loads. He is strong, He wants you to share your burdens with Him. Sometimes that means talking in prayer. Sometimes it means sharing aloud with a friend or counselor. Take that risk. Unload, let it out.

Lyrics from verse 2 “He Hideth My Soul” (by Fanny Crosby and William James Kirkpatrick)

  • A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord
    He taketh my burden a-way
    He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved
    He giveth me strength as my day

 

  • He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
    That shadows a dry, thirsty land
    He hideth my life in the depths of his love
    And covers me there with his hand
    And covers me there with his hand

Lyrics from “Tell it to Jesus” (by Jeremiah E. Rankin and Edmund S. Lorenz)

  • Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    Are you grieving over joys departed?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.