Life can be stressful. Most days, we can roll with the punches. Other days, not so much.
I woke up on Friday morning feeling like there was a weight on my chest. I had been dealing with a particular situation and it was beginning to consume me.
I had done everything I could. I talked to the people involved. I was respectful but firm. I had been gracious. And now, my heart and mind were heavy.
There are some battles that we were meant to engage in. We can’t just stand still…we have to walk through the parted Red Sea. We can’t just hide in the camp…we have to run towards our giant with the stones in our hand.
But every now & then, we see this: 2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”
This time, we don’t have to fight. This time, we just have to stand firm and watch God move. I finally realized that this was one of those situations for me. I had done all I could do. I couldn’t change the people or the situation…but God could. And He could change me too.
I’m not going to tell you that I immediately felt better because that was not the case. Releasing it to God for me was a process. Thankfully, the more I kept praying and simply recalling who God is, the better it got. And yesterday, I encountered the same situation but I wasn’t the same. My heart wasn’t heavy – the burden wasn’t there but God’s peace was.
We serve a God who specializes in freedom. Freedom from our sins. Freedom from our heaviness. Freedom from carrying our burdens alone. Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.
“I was buried beneath my shame. Who could carry that kind of weight? It was my tomb, till I met You… You called my name and I ran out of that grave! Out of the darkness, into Your glorious day.” Lyrics from “Glorious Day” by Passion.