Battling anxiety concerning loved ones is one of the hardest struggles to work through.
Today, I’d like to share a lesson I learned the painful way about committing instead of carrying.
When a recent bout of stomach pain sent me to bed, I experienced a flashback to my childhood when I succumbed to the same reaction to a stressful event.
Anxiety and I are acquaintances from way back; however, over the years, I’ve learned that the best way to fight fear is with faith.
(Here’s the podcast version of this post: Commit Instead of Carry.)
I need to believe whatever is frightening me is no match for the God who cares about me.
I need to do what David spoke of in Psalm 142:2 NIV:
I pour out my complaint before him;
before him I tell my trouble.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m worried about people I love, it’s harder to come to a place of peace concerning the situation. I find myself not only caring, but carrying the burden around like a bag of boulders over my shoulders. However, I can’t control things or control people. So if someone I love is experiencing a huge life event, I need to remember I can’t control it or my loved one.
But too often I forget my way when fear gets in my face.
My stomach churns as my thoughts turn over all the scenarios in my mind about how things may unfold. Around and around they whirl until my soul is sickened by the motion and the emotions that send my adrenaline levels sky-high.
Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?
- I’m not a savior.
- I’m Wendy.
- I’m only a saved woman.
I’m a woman who desires to share the “word of his grace” like it says in Acts 20:32 NIV:
Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace,
which can build you up
and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
When the Apostle Paul spoke these words:
- He committed the Ephesians to God.
- He didn’t carry a burden of concern for them.
- He committed them to God.
- He understood and trusted God and the Word of grace to save, sanctify, and build himself and others up.
- We’re not saviors; we’re warriors of the Word.
- We’re to commit, not carry.
- We’re testifiers–not saviors.
- We can’t save ourselves—never mind save anyone else.
- He is the carrier.
- He carried our sin upon His shoulders to the cross.
- He finished the battle.
Are you committing your burdens to God or are you carrying them on your shoulders?
Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 NIV:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
This verse reminds us:
- Jesus will carry the burdens we commit to Him.
- We’re to cast our concerns on Christ.
- He will carry us, carry our burdens, and carry our loved ones.
- We’re to commit and not carry.
There is only one Lord and Savior
Who gave, saved, and sanctified
And we’re not meant to carry souls
But to commit them to our God on High.
Give yourself a gift this Christmas–give your burdens to Jesus because He is Emmanuel–God with us.
Christmas Blessings ~ Wendy Mac
Here’s a song that’s blessed me over the last few weeks. Do you have one that’s a fave lately? I’m nosy-to-know.