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Friends, have you ever felt like your words have a mind of their own?
Lately I have felt like my words are just coming out, and I’m watching them from afar.
Generalizations. Grasping for definitions. Thinking, overthinking, and DIDIMENTIONTHINKING afterwards.
It has been taking everything within me these days to sit down and have time completely alone with the Lord.
(Welp, right ^there^ is a great example of the word-vomit I was talking about.)
But it’s true.
(Keeping the truth imprisoned in silence doesn’t change reality, even though we sometimes think it does.)
When I slow down and sit down, I find all these thoughts, and lists, and lies, and conversations, and prayers, and people, and opinions and just straight-up-NOISE in my head and heart.
But He still wants me to come. (My heart somehow beats faster and slower all at the same time.) He wants me to bring my heavy head and sloppy heart. (The magnetic pull keeps drawing, and my nervousness squirms.)
And He wants me to unpack.
Have you ever heard the phrase “cast your cares on Him?” It’s most famously quoted from 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (NASB)
But a very similar-sounding passage is in Psalms 55:22
“Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Hurling my burdens during overwhelming times seems pretty nigh impossible most days. Sure sounds good though. Wish I were strong enough, my heart mutters deep in my flesh.
Good thing that’s not the point!
Wanna know what the root of “your burden” is in Hebrew? (Oh the irony. Wouldn’t we all like to know the root of our burdens? It has to be some profound math equation, right?) “burden” in Psalm 55:22 is from the same root as “lot,” and it specifically refers to something that is given to the bearer of that lot/burden.
So, “your burden” = “what God has given you.”
Oh friends, He who gave us these things in the first place surely is strong enough to carry them! Let’s humble ourselves, and let Him.
We’ve heard that God is the only one who can satisfy our deepest longings. Let us press on to know that, believe that, trust that our God and creator is capable. Let’s admit our yearning, and come.