Can you find Waldo (haha or me) in the pic?
As I crawled under the massive boulder, I admit, I had a 'what if' anxious thought. 'What if' this large rock happened to roll forward? You know, because of an earthquake or some future unknown? "What if" it crushed me under its heavy load as I pretended to hold it in place?
My mind travels from the weight of this boulder to life's heavy burdens. What burden do I pretend to confidently hold? Sometimes life's load will crush a girl under its weight.
Can you relate?
The funny thing is, I can no more hold up life's burdens than I can hold this massive rock. I do not have the physical strength to move boulders nor the mental power to keep life's burdens from weighing me down.
However, what is heavy for me, is easy for my heavenly Father. He is the lifter of burdens. He invites you and me to give our heavy loads to Him. We can cast our cares on Jesus. "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken." Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
I love the promise that God will sustain us. In Hebrew the word sustain is an action word. It means 'to supply with necessities and to support." The same word is used in Nehemiah 9:21, "Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell."
Friend, I challenge you to trust God with whatever worry, anxiety or fear pressing in on you. He is able to carry your burden. He promised to sustain us. He gives His peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7).
Honestly, there is no need to worry about the large boulders at Big Rock Nation Preserve. They are firmly planted. Even more so, there is no need to worry about life's burdens. Cast your cares and He will sustain you and me. Our Lord can carry our heavy loads. I promise.
Pictures are from Big Rock Nature Preserve located in Mecklenburg, NC. It is a 'hidden 22 acre nature preserve' that is surrounded by a neighborhood. It has been said that archaeologist have found evidence of Native American habitation on the preserve. It is an easy walk to the rocks. Check it out.
Does this one look like the head of a snake? HA!
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (NIV)