Yesterday, I found myself neck deep in suffering. That's the lot of a minister. We're called to enter into the sufferings of others.
On any given day, I find myself facing a plethora of heartaches, struggles, and fears. Some days bring more than others. The last two days, it just seemed overwhelming.
Late yesterday afternoon, I wrote down all the different issues and sufferings that came across my path. There were so many hurting people. My heart broke for them. I carried these heavy burdens home. I dreamed about them last night. Even this morning, the heaviness was there.
In my early morning prayer, I brought all these issues to the Lord.
Then Jesus said, "You give them something to eat." (Mark 6)
"I can't possibly give these dear people what they need! I don't have enough!"
"What do you have?"
"Just a few small loaves -- just crumbs of energy and insight. Surely, not enough to meet these desperate needs!"
"Give them to me"
So, I lifted them up. I put them in the hands of Jesus. All my inabilities, all the burdens, all the sufferings, all the heartaches. I lifted them up and placed them in the hands of Jesus.
As soon as I did, an overwhelming JOY filled my soul! The Lord gave me an assurance that He loves his sheep more than I do. He knows all about it. He is present with them. He is their anchor, their strength and their song.
I don't have to carry all the burdens alone. Christ will carry them. (I Peter 5:7) My job is to stick close to the Shepherd: to pray, obey and stay out of the way.
The burden of love must never depart. It is always my responsibility to truly care for people.
This morning, however, I was reminded, that when I place it in Christ's hands, HE flows HIS love through me. Releasing, then, is not loving LESS -- but loving MORE!
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! Bring it on!