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Trusting Him with My Burdens

God has told me to give Him my burdens, remember?
Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you.
Psalm 55:22

I sincerely want to do this. I know He is much more capable than I am when it comes to handling life’s problems. He’s always present on the scene, able to choreograph circumstances to the best interest of the person for whom I am concerned. I know these things, but do I really trust Him to handle the burdens I give Him?

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I had several sacks to give to the Salvation Army, so I called to ask them to come by, then placed the sacks on the front porch so they could pick them up whether I was home or not.

Thursday was pickup day. But I got my days mixed up and thought they were to come on Wednesday, and when they didn’t show up I thought that they had forgotten me and my sacks. I’d go to the door . . . yep! sacks still there. It’s raining. Go out and move the sacks. Night came. Will the sacks be safe? Then on Thursday they were late in coming, and so once again I assumed the responsibility for “watching over the sacks.” Then they came! I watched them drive away with my sacks in their truck; they had changed hands and were not my burden any longer.

Now I didn’t call them a single time to check on those sacks. I trusted them to handle the things I gave them to the best of their ability, and, since they do this kind of work all the time, to do their job well.

The question:

Have I done as much with the burden I have given to the Lord?

Is He capable?

Has it really been “picked up”?

What if it rains?

What will happen when night comes?

Do I trust Him as much as I trusted those men who picked up my sacks?

Oh, I do, Lord, I do! You came at my request. You picked up my burden, put it in Your truck, and drove off. Now I must trust You to work with what I gave to You; and since You do this kind of work all the time, I’m sure You will do it well.

An afterthought:

Leave it to the Lord to use sacks of unwanted

and outgrown clothing to remind me of just

what it means to throw my burdens on Him.

About the Author

Anabel spent decades teaching in many contexts through Lifetime Guarantee Ministries. She has taught countless others how to have a genuine intimate faith and a sound marriage. She shared from her heart about living from the heart. Lifetime’s beloved founder and mentor passed away November 7, 2010. Her legacy and influence are timeless and priceless.