When I go grocery shopping, I tend to do it all at once and carry out a week's worth of food, cleaning products, shampoo, etc. I can be stubborn at times, especially when I'm dealing with groceries. I want to carry EVERYTHING into the house in just ONE trip. I try to gather all of the bags, haul them out of the trunk, up the steps, and into the house. It's exhausting, but I don't like making more than 1 trip back and forth.
As I was reflecting on this, the Lord gently said to me, "You treat your problems that way too."
Wow and ouch. Do I really do that, Lord? Yes, I guess I do. I want to carry my baggage - sometimes both past and present, big and small. But, God wants it ALL! He is more than willing and capable of carrying everything that concerns me. I don't have to be weighed down anymore.
Isaiah 46:4: "Even as you grow old and your hair turns gray, I’ll keep carrying you! I am your Maker and your Caregiver. I will carry you and be your Savior." (TPT)
I love this verse because it's not a one-time occurrence. He promises that He will continue to carry me into my old age. Jesus is my Maker and my Caregiver, not just my Savior.
As I was sitting in church on Sunday I sensed the Lord saying this to me and felt like it may be for you, my readers, as well.
"I indeed will carry you.
Come to me with your burdens and joys
Your doubts and praise
Your fear and courage
Your indecision and confidence
I will take all the negative and give you positive in return
Refuse to be weighed down
I will give you a garment of praise as you walk with Me." Amen
Just as I am grateful to God to carry my baggage, I'm also grateful that my husband is willing to help carry the groceries!
This post was prompted by Kate Motaung's "Five Minute Friday," which she hosts on the Five Minute Friday website. Kate posts a single word each week and each blogger sets a timer for 5 minutes to write and then posts, with little editing. (Some weeks I have more trouble with that part than others.) Check out the other writers this week!