Okay, i know i am not the only one who has found myself struggling with some task/responsibility longer than necessary. I know i am not the only person on the planet who has ever failed to accomplish something i set out to accomplish. And i know i am not the only woman alive who has ever hung her head in utter dejection.
So i was thinking about something recently in a visit with a friend, and i thought, "i wonder how many people realize this?" Which, naturally, meant i had to blog about it! All 3 of my followers (just kidding) might need this word from the Lord today! ;)
It took God several years to teach this particular nugget of wisdom to me. Not because He is not a gifted teacher, but because i was a stubborn student. It took God many varied-yet-similar situations to get through to me. Not because He didn't provide just the right opportunity, but because i was blinded by my own self-reliance. And it took God far too many people to express His truth than can be considered reasonable. Not because He isn't a focused communicator, but because i was deaf to His words.
The wisdom is simple, yet profound....
It'll rock your world....
It will change your life if you let it....
Here it is: if you are beating your head against a wall, gnashing your teeth over a problem you just cannot seem to solve, or working on something that is just not going well, there is a strong likelihood that God is not asking YOU to handle it.
Whew! Did you catch that?
Here's another way God told me this truth: if i am carrying a burden that feels too heavy to bear, a) it is not mine to bear, b) i am not leaning on God, or c) some combination of a & b.
God is not interested in equipping ME to carry someone else's load. Now, i'm not talking about helping a suffering friend/neighbor. I am talking about getting involved where you are not meant to be, taking over a problem that is not yours to solve, or making something your problem that is really someone else's. Sometimes, God needs us to go through something in order for us to learn a specific truth/lesson. And if someone steps in and takes our struggles upon himself, we cannot learn the lesson, so God will have to allow another circumstance.
I certainly understand that all matters of the earthly realm are not simple, straightforward, easy-to-deal-with issues, but i challenge you to really evaluate that ridiculously heavy burden you are toting.... Is it truly yours to bear? If so, have you asked God for help? And have you leaned on His guidance when He offered it?