Ever have one of those days when it feels like you are carrying around the weight of the world? You look around you and see all the pain, heartbreak, struggling, confusion, uncertainty and you want to do something. You want to fix it!
There is so much hurt. So much pain. You wonder how can I make it all better? What can I do to help them make the right choices, to encourage them and to put everything right again?
You want to choose for that scared 17 year old who is considering an abortion. You want to make the decision for her. Make her listen to truth.
You want to help that young mom who is at her wits end about to throw in the towel, give up on life, people and God. You want to say the words that will make it all better.
You want to know today, that everything will be okay tomorrow in the life of that family that seems to be making every wrong choice and is headed down a dark path. You wonder what you can do to help them.
You want to know that your children and or grandchildren will come to a saving knowledge of Christ. You wonder what you can say so they might believe.
You see that young woman who you just know is dying inside. She pulls away from family, friends and her community. She says she doesn’t need anyone. You grope for the right words to say.
In the midst of a day when I am taking on the sorrow of the world God whispers gently in my ear. “These sorrows are not for you. I will carry them.”
I protest, “But God, shouldn’t I say SOMETHING to help them see truth?” Shouldn’t I DO something?” Again a whisper, “you have spoken, you have loved them where they are, now let it go and pray.”
“PRAY? That is it!” Yes.
Oh how often I forget that God carries the world and all the troubles on His shoulders I do not need to. I forget I am not in control of the lives of those I love.
God changes minds, heart and saves souls. He convicts of sin and He is the one who will work it all work for His glory. I need to pray.
You see what I am learning is this, I AM NOT IN CONTROL. Nope, not even a little. I am learning that I need to trust more. For if I am fighting to control my family, friends or my circumstances then I am not trusting God. Did you get that?
If I am fighting for control, then I am not trusting God. Ouch!
Oh Father help me trust you more fully! Help me to realize that I can not carry the sorrows and heartaches of this world. I can pray.
Oh Lord teach me to pray and leave it all with you.