On Tuesday afternoon, Reese’s über-dependable 2005 Volkswagen has been declared down for the count. The Jeffries tube in the flux-capacitor ended up collapsing and frying the entire engine. They’re now a one-car family for a while. Reese is struggling and embarrassed.
On Thursday of that same week Reese’s 17 year old daughter came home and told Reese and his wife that she wouldn’t be able to graduate in May due to her grades. Given the fact that she’s in her last semester of school, there is no way to make it up in time. Ugh. Reese feels like he’s failed as a father.
Reese is responsible for all of the mechanical ins-and-outs at the factory he works at. Lately, it seems that different machines are breaking down and making it difficult for their users to do their job effectively. No matter how many different times Reese fixes something, something else goes haywire. This week is no different. In the past 3 days the doohickey machine has messed up 8 different times even after he’s “fixed” it. It’s been a tough week at work. He feels that everyone is seeing him as incompetent.
These are just the biggies. I haven’t even mentioned the weird noises from the hot water heater, the bill to have the septic tank pumped, that weird smell coming from the drain in the basement or the fact that Reese Jr.’s pet guinea pig is suddenly missing and is somewhere in the house.
Reese is holding on to these burdens. It’s almost like he’s hoarding them. He’s letting everything that is going on be thrown like a weight onto his back, one on top of another. There will eventually come a point when another bag is added, however small it may be, Reese’s back will collapse. It will be too much for him to handle. Just like the engine of his beloved Volkswagen, Reese will be fried.
I don’t know Reese. He’s fictional. I made him up for an example. But I have to ask… how many times do we try act like him? How often do we try to carry it all without trusting them to our Savior? Do we lug around all of our worries, all of our hurts and not surrender them to the One who cares for us so much? He’s offered to carry them for us.
1 Peter 5:7 in the New Living Translation reads, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Now the word ‘give’ seems pretty simple and easy. But the original Greek word gives it a little more meat. That word is epiriptō. It means ‘to throw’. I also noticed the Greek word referenced when it says that ‘He cares’ is melei. One translation of that word could literally mean “to take care of”. So, basically what I’m seeing in this one verse is that if we throw (propel with force) our worries to God, He’ll take care of us.
Psalm 55:22 is an Old Testament mirror of what was written above. It reads, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Again, what simple and beautiful instruction. Our Lord is Yahweh Yireh, The One who will provide. Just as God provided Abraham a ram as a sacrifice in place of his son Issac, He will provide us relief from those bags that we’re hoarding and carrying around on our backs.
What are you worried about? Are you like Reese? Are you overloaded with worries? Are you hoarding them and not relinquished them to our Father? Did you catch the very important three letter word in 1 Peter 5:7? We’re instructed to throw ALL of our worries to God. Whether it’s the enormous weight of losing a family vehicle or the disappearance Junior’s guinea pig, we’re instructed to transfer those worries to Him. That’s my challenge for you. You know what you’re carrying. Surrender those and trust that He’s got you.
Father God, it’s so easy to keep our hurts, worries and burdens to ourselves. It’s our natural selfish instinct. But Your Word shows us that You have already overcome this world. What do we have to worry about Father, knowing that You already hold the outcome?! So Father God, I ask that Your Holy Spirit would continually remind us that it’s You who should handle our worries and burdens and not us. Praise be to You Father for being our El Roi, our God who sees. Amen.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)