All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat; leave it there.
Never a burden He cannot bear;
Never a friend like Jesus!
Edward Henry Joy
Like anyone else, burdens have sometimes crept into my life, bringing gloom to my otherwise sunny skies. Then one day I realized something — the Maker of the universe was standing by, waiting to take those burdens from me. His broad and immeasurably strong shoulders were ready to carry even the most prized of my concerns. And not only was He physically capable of carrying them, He was emotionally capable as well. He could care for the cherished people and worries on my heart so much better than I ever could. I saw 1 Peter 5:7 in a new light. “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” I emphasized the word because, and it opened my eyes. Why should I cast my anxieties on Him? Because He cares for me.
He’s a gentleman. He doesn’t barge through doors of hearts, or snatch burdens out of arms. He wants us to make the choice. To open the door, to hand over the burden. But what if the burden is motivating us to pray? we wonder fretfully. I think there’s a difference between praying and carrying a load we were never meant to carry. Yes, pray — please pray. But then give the burden to God. I did. “I don’t want it!” I said. “Please take care of it for me. It’s no longer my problem, it’s Yours.” And in that beautiful moment, I felt the weight lift.
I encourage you to try it, Friend. Ask Him to show you what your greatest burden is, and then turn it over to Him.