Friday, March 23, 2012

...Sorrow and sighing shall flee away

Are you like me in that you feel sorrow for the world all around you? Do you find yourself sighing often? Is it any wonder there are so many on anti-depressants or some other mind numbing drug? Life is filled with pain and then you die. It has always been that way, no doubt; but surely, the trials and tribulations of life today are way beyond those that our ancestors faced. ...or maybe not. Maybe it's just that today with technology we are so able to tell each about our problems without even knowing who it is we are talking to, and so we can tell details that perhaps we would not feel free to disclose to someone with whom we see daily or often and actually have a relationship.

I am personally dealing with family malfunctions and disfunctions, and I can stand with you in saying that sometimes this life is more than I can deal with.

Thank God that when my burden is heavy, I can hand it all off to Jesus who walks beside me every day. That's right! One of the most wonderful things about having Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life and the King of my kingdom is that He lets me exchange my burden for His.
His burden is light (Matthew 11:30) for He has overcome people who persecuted Him, death on a cross, burial in a cave and now sits at a place of highest honor on the throne at the right hand of God. He has conquered all the things most threatening to mankind. So I let Him handle my burdens. All I have to do is acquiesce to the knowledge that He knows better than I do how to handle everything in life and be content in the way that He works things out for me.

That doesn't mean that I never experience fear or worry or apprehension. I do, but I've learned that I just need to tell Him all about it and give it to Him. I continue to pray about the things I give to Him -- every day and many times a day, but in my heart and in my sub-conscious, I know that He has heard my prayer and that He cares about me - a lot, enough to die for me - and that He will work all things out for my good (and that doesn't mean that it always works out the way I want but that they do work out for my good). That's His burden that I take...acquiescence and acceptance of His Will for my life.

So, this morning because I have been struggling with some painful, difficult situations, Isaiah 35 grabbed my heart and played a beautiful melody on its strings and I can feel the burden of my heart roll a way because someday, sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; 2 it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. 3Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4 Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you." 5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 8And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

1 comment:

  1. Good word Kim, I believe many of God's children are experiencing this. One of my favorite verses is the end of Habakkuk -

    Hab 3:16 When I heard, my body trembled; My lips quivered at the voice; Rottenness entered my bones; And I trembled in myself, That I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the people, He will invade them with his troops.
    17 Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls-
    18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
    19 The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.

    May He keep you in perfect peace,

    William

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