Let’s lay down our burdens before we enter the door of 2012. I’m thinking about the burdens some of us have carried for a long time – ancient worries we’ve dragged from year to year, present worries about loved ones, health, money and the state of the world and worries about what the new year, and the year after that, holds for us.
One day Jesus sat on a grassy hillside and talked to thousands of people. As He looked at them He felt pity. He saw into their burdened minds and souls and said:
Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater than food, and the body more excellent than clothing? (Matt. 6:25)
Jesus directed the crowd’s attention to a flock of birds and pointed out how carefree they were. They don’t know how to work or store up food for the future. God feeds them one day at a time and has love for each one. Then He told them a secret that changed their lives -they were more precious to their Heavenly Father than ten thousand birds.
Is it possible to live without worry? It is. God intended a worry-free life for us. Not a naive, irresponsible life, but one where we trust Him completely for everything, knowing that whatever happens we’re not alone, He is with us, supplying strength, not a month’s worth, but a day’s worth, every day.
We can leave our tomorrows in God’s hands, lay our heads on our pillows each night and rest in Him. When we wake, before rising, we can place the hours ahead in His hands and trust Him for whatever is needed to bring us back to the place of rest again that night.
When Jesus ended his talk that day, He said these words – and these are the words that I’ve decided to live by in 2012:
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Whenever we find ourselves slipping from this care-free mindset, let’s remind ourselves that carrying a load of worry isn’t God’s intent for us. We’re not made for it – we don’t have the equipment to carry heavy burdens. But He does.
What burdens will you unload on the Father at the entrance of this new year?