Letting Go

Last week, I was mopping the patio outside of the orphanage I work at with one of the younger girls. When we finished, we had to take down the big buckets of water. Her bucket had about twice the amount of water as mine, so of course, I tried to take it from her. For a minute, she tried to prove her strength and wanted to carry it herself. After nearly dropping it three times, she finally handed the bucket over to me, and I gave her mine with half the amount of water. I thought about it for a bit and realized that this was extremely similar to what it says in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy and the burden I will give you is light.” “What the heck is a yoke,” you may be asking. Glad you asked… a yoke in Biblical days was something that they put on two oxen to pull. So essential here it’s saying, “I won’t give you too much to carry.” It means “nothing I give you will be too heavy for you, and when it is, I will take the extra weight.” We can give Him our cares, worries, and burdens, and the burdens He will give us (the call on your life) will be easy and light! He will give us the grace to do what He calls us to, and take care of our worldly worries if we give them to Him.

You can ALWAYS take your problems to God, and when you come to Him sincerely and wholeheartedly, He will never let you down. What good Father would not help or defend their child with a legitimate need when they come to them humbly and ask for help? Sometimes I think God is just waiting for us to ASK and stop trying to be a “tough guy” attempting to handle it on our own. Just like the countless New Testament stories of the Israelites who tried over and over to do things on their own. When everything would fall apart, they would come back crying humbly to the Lord. Every single time He would rescue them if their hearts were humbled and in the right place.

There have been so many times in my life I’ve fought with God saying, “I can handle it on my own, I don’t need your help.” How foolish that was. I proved nothing and ultimately failed along the way. We don’t have to do it on our own; He doesn’t want us to struggle unnecessarily and carry more than we have to. It teaches character to take the bucket, but only if it is an amount that we can hold. God does not sit back in a big recliner and enjoy watching us struggle. It’s amazing how quickly we can blame God when we were the ones who pushed Him away. The world will weigh you down, but God will always lighten the load if you let Him. So, LET IT GO (*chime Disney tune*), and let God take care of it. He is CRAZY about you and wants to take care of you in every single way, so take a deep breath in and let Him!

-Melissa Soule

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