Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
Today, I received a notification of a blog entry that I wrote this day last year and today couldn’t have been a perfect time to revisit that particular blog for today’s blog of encouragement. It was timely even for me! They say that history repeats itself and sometimes we often face things that aren’t exactly the same as the last, but similar in nature to where we need to be reminded of God’s word and promise. Enjoy!!!
I was riding this morning on my way to work and it came to me, “Burdens & Barriers.” With that, the above mentioned scripture (1 Peter 5:6-7) came to mind. So when I sat down at my desk, I began to think of the differences and similarities between a burden and a barrier. A burden is considered to be a heavy load, while a barrier is an obstacle that gets in the way of access or progress. Many of us have encountered one or the other, or even both, for that matter! As I went to think further, it then came to me that a barrier could also very well be a burden and vice versa. That being said, “An obstacle could be your burden and your burden could be your obstacle.” It’s all how you look at it and how you choose to go through it.
I remember a time when I was in urgent need of something. During this time, I wasn’t where I needed to be in Christ and although I “said” that I believed in him and his will for me. I was so caught up in the urgency of the need that actually knowing that everything that I needed was in God, was far from what I was thinking. I allowed the situation to burden me and weigh me down until I became extremely overwhelmed as if nothing would work within MY time. It was so bad that I began to question God and wondered why things weren’t coming together even though I was praying. At this point, the “what ifs” started to flood my thoughts as if I was already prepared for the outcome to be the worst. It wasn’t until I began to humble myself in order to pay more attention to the lesson and what God was speaking to me through the very situation, that things finally began to make sense. I started to worry less and pray more, while learning to accept the situation that the Lord presented to me regardless of what it looked like. When I did this, I started seeing things in steps as they were ordered and realizing that it was for my best interest, but overall to build up my faith and to see that he speaks to us through our most difficult times, only IF we choose to listen. He teaches us through our very own hardships. I later realized that my doubt was stronger than my belief (faith). This is when I realized that my burden became my obstacle (barrier) because it kept God from doing what he wanted to do for me, simply because I doubted the power that was within him. It put a pause on him doing what he needed to do because I put a pause on my praise in spite of my situation. I immediately let my situation overtake me because of what I thought the outcome would be. Sometimes, our thoughts will easily offend us because we tend to overthink instead of praying and believing that we will gain victory from our tests. There is absolutely nothing too hard for God to do. He tests us to see just how much we trust him and his will for our lives, but we sometimes find it hard to trust him with our lives for whatever reason.
A burden; being heavy is meant to weigh you down to keep you from being able to go forward; just as a barrier is meant to block your destination prior to getting there. Just imagine….if you are walking with a load of books on your back that weigh just as much as you do if not more, you’re not going to get very far before you decide to give up; or imagine that while you are on your way to a place that you needed to be before a deadline or cut-off, but someone stops you in your tracks to distract you by conversation, and by the time they are done, you missed your spot? That person was a barrier that got in the way of you getting to where you needed to be. There are people, things and situations that act as a barrier that keep us from getting to where God needs us to be.
I just want to encourage someone today, that no matter what things look like or how heavy the load may be, we must keep in mind that Jesus is a burden bearer AND a heavy load sharer if only we just believe. Faith is believing what we cannot see and without it, it’s impossible to please him (Hebrews 11:6). No matter how far the destination may be or how many barriers get in the way, prepare yourself in Christ to knock down every barricade in front of you. When you learn to prepare yourself for whatever may come, going through it isn’t as bad. You just have to be patient enough to go through it with grace and knowing that what’s on the other side of the going through, is worth it. If life was perfect and we went through nothing, we would have no experience and some of us would have nothing to give God credit for. Look at Job……He was willing to go through the fire, simply because he knew that he would come out as pure Gold. I want to maintain a JOB mentality. No matter what God sends my way, I will STILL trust him. Matthew 11:28-30 states, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” That right there should be enough to teach us that pushing on through will be okay since we don’t have to push on through, alone! So let the Lord help you to peel back the layers of your burden so that you can press on without giving up. Trouble isn’t meant to last always….In season….Out of Season….Either way, God is in control! And whenever you see a hurdle in your view, prepare yourself and don’t be afraid to jump over it!
Have a great day!