Monday, November 19, 2007

Backpack of Worries

When you send your children off to school, the last thing you place upon their shoulders as they leave the house in the morning is their backpack full of their books, assignments, lunches and whatever else they may need throughout the day. It is quite a load, but all necessary, it seems.

In picturing backpacks stuffed and heavy, I wonder if we as adults don't start early in the morning loading our backpacks with unnecessary worries. We may start out by worrying about our husbands and the new project that needs to be accomplished in such a short time. Will he get it done by the due date today? We stuff that worry in our backpacks. Then we worry about the phone call we got yesterday from a friend announcing that she had been diagnosed with a serious disease, and we place that in our backpack. As we are working in the kitchen, we wonder if our son will pass that spelling test that he studied so hard for last night---it goes into the backpack. When the mail arrives, an unexpected bill lies amidst the junk mail, and suddenly a new worry ends up being placed in the backpack. And so on and so on....worries throughout the day have made that backpack of worries very heavy and we are stumbling against the weight of them all.

Now picture God who was present with you throughout every minute of that same day whispering in your ear, "Cast all your care upon (Me) for I care for you." (I Peter 5:7). As you stuffed your worries in the backpack upon your own shoulders, He is asking to carry that backpack for you. He is telling you that you don't have to carry that weight around with you all day and become tired and weary from its weight. He wants to carry that backpack for you. In fact, he is telling you constantly, "Do not worry." So instead of carrying around your worries all day long, picture yourself walking along beside Jesus throughout the day and placing your worries on HIS shoulders knowing that He is so much stronger to carry the load than you are. Then picture His ability to supply the answer to all your worries. "God shall supply ALL your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:9)

God knows we will worry---it is human nature. He just doesn't want us to carry the worries around with us to weigh us down to the point of weakness, vulnerability, discouragement, and incapacitation. He has shoulders big enough to handle whatever we may face----give Him your backpack.

Have a worry-free day!


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