When I was younger, my dad taught me to carry things on my shoulders. In doing so, you are better using your body to carry the weight and less likely to get hurt. But as I became an adult, I began to pile things on my shoulders in other ways. I began to keep a hold of my problems and try to fix them myself.
Some of our problems cannot be solved alone. Some of our problems are problems because we try to do things alone. But there’s another way—another option for each one of us in life. We can give it to God. We can say, “God, I cannot do this alone. I can only do this with your help.” We can give it to Him and take a step back. We can trust Him and let go.
Piling your troubles on God’s shoulders is not giving up. Yes, you are giving up control and trusting Him with it; however, you were never in control in the first place. He was and is always in control. Even so, you are not giving up. You are giving in. Giving in to the fact that you cannot do life alone, giving in to Someone better, giving in for something more. Peace beyond understanding. Infinite power. Unconditional, everlasting love. You cannot handle this alone. He will help you out. Trust Him.
“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
topple into ruin.”
-Psalm 55:22 [MSG]
Over the holidays many people have purchased smart phones. When I first began using my smart phone, I wondered how smart I had to be to use the phone. It turned out that I wasn’t having problems understanding how to use the Internet on my phone, but rather, the customer service representative put the wrong plan code on my account which was causing problems with my service. When that was fixed, the road has since been smooth.
I never really wanted a smart phone. I thought the idea of touching a screen was insane. I always tell my kids to not touch the computer monitor or the television because it causes smudges and here I was with a phone that was about to get smudged up every time I touched it, despite how many times I washed my hands. The oil from our hands always seems to leave its mark.
The other day I placed my phone on the charger and when I returned I noticed a very interesting smudge. I saw the cross. I thought it was interesting how clear it was on the phone. Now please don’t start to think I am going to continue on to tell you about Jesus’ image on toast. I know it was the oil from my hand that made the cross, and I know it was my phone usage that caused it.
The fact is that I make the shape of a cross all the time on my phone. Most do not do that. I watched numerous people, and they do a tap system with smaller swipes. Nonetheless, it matters not how I was doing it differently, but that there was this continuous checking. A vertical swipe to see if there were any notifications. A horizontal swipe to maneuver through the screens. Back and forth.
At the end of all that seeking, I had the cross. This coincides with my point, which is that it is the cross that gave us the opportunity to seek God, and yet I wasn’t making the cross on my phone to seek God. I was looking for other things. I wasn’t taking things to God. I was sending text messages and chatting on Facebook.
After a moment, I thought of how we too often do not take things to God. We are always seeking our own solutions. We have our vertical swipe to see if possibly we can fix it on our own. We have our horizontal swipe to see if a friend can give us the answer. We have problems with looking to God. Even when we know that He is bigger than any problem, we don’t take it to Him. Sometimes when we do take it to Him, we have our own agenda and when we start to hear His, we switch screens with another swipe.
When Christ was on the cross, He thought of you and He thought of me. He made sure that His number was entered into our SIM card. We were not forced to place a call or send a message, but the door was there to open at any time. The door is still there. When we stop swiping and start looking, we can see it. When we turn off the ringer to our phone and allow the Spirit to guide us, there will surely be no desire to swipe away. Our burden will be lifted. No matter how big a problem, we know we have victory with Christ!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God” [Philippians 4:6 NASB]
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” [1 Corinthians 15:57 ESV].