Lenten Walk - Day 3
Today - I walked
This morning was a bit busy. First I made 30 chocolate covered strawberries for a fundraiser at the public Library last night, so I delivered them first thing this morning. Then I stopped at my bff's house for a cup a tea and then we went off to the fundraiser which was a bake sale. I didn't want to buy too much since this Lenten Journey of mine is about trying to get back on track of things, mind, body and spirit so I bought a few things and took a chance on basket and donate a little. It was nice. Then I headed back home.
Now understand that the day is really cold. The windchill has us in negative numbers, and I decided after taking Petey (my dog) out that we should go for a walk.
And it turned out to be a spiritual walk for me. Petey was anxious to go, we haven't been on a walk for quite a while. The nights are too dark and my legs have been bothering me. But this morning it seemed like a good time go. While Petey sniffed at all the smells that nature has to offer it gave me a chance to look around.
Now is it my neighborhood and I am familiar with it, yet it had changed a tad. Why, well we had 31 inches of snow 2 weekends ago. There are still some snow piles, but what caught my attention were the arborvitaes. There is a row of them in the back alley about 2 blocks away and they were all bent out of shape and hanging to the ground, burdened by the snow.
That's when I thought about it. How we become bent over and all out of shape about our burdens. Sometimes, like the arborvitaes we become overwhelmed. It might take the form of illness, tension or just stress. So what do we do?
What does God tell us?
My favorite scripture (which I keep on my desk at work) is Matthew 11:28 - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
That basically says it all. Like arborvitaes that are all bent over, once snow melts and the burden of its weight goes away. The will stand again. If they are badly spread out I read they can be taped with green gardening tape until they grow strong again. God is are tape holding us together until we can grow strong again.
When you find that you can not stand anymore it is time to kneel and talk to God. Give to Him your problem, talk them over with Him and in that moment you have shared the burden.
Sometimes we cause our own stress by doing to much, taking too much on. We don't have to do that, but sometimes it is just in a nature to nurture the world. Don't worry - that's God's job.
The Scriptures Gives us Clues
Galatians 6: 2 -Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
A good thought - sometimes we need to share the burdens - don't think that it always has to be you to do it - there are people willing to help - just ask.
Psalm 55:22 - Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Oh, that's a good one - temptation! Sometimes that's a burden on it's own. Particularly look at the second part of that verse - BUT with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape. WOW!
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Boy, do I have anxiety issues. (this one I most remember)
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.