Originally written November 15th 2017
“Give it to God”
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”–1 Peter 5:7
There was a little girl, walking outside of Speedway, with a sugar drink in a gigantic cup. She wobbled, as her mouth gripped the straw and slurped the cool, sweet drink. Her white outfit shined under the bright beams of my moms busted van. I smiled as I watched her desperately grip the drink, the drink that was almost as big as her entire torso. She walked and walked into the cool crisp night towards the filling stations.
Next to her was a man, most likely her father, who was silently walking beside her, reached out to her coax and encourage her to hand him the cup, for he knew it was too big for her. Too heavy for her.
Too much for her to handle.
But she stubbornly kept walking, with her face bent toward the ground, focusing, intently on carrying that gigantic cup.
After a few attempts, her father, allowed her to carry it, all the way back to the car.
Sometimes I feel we are just like that little girl.
We carry our lives in limbo, clinging to its very breath, hoping nothing will fall…worrying that something will crash. We will crash. We keep our head down, concentrating too hard, fixing our eyes on the wrong thing…..only to look up one day and find that our lives have passed us by.
And just like the loving Father that He is, God walks along side us, reaching out to us, encouraging us, coaxing us to give it to Him.
I’ll take it.
I’ll handle it.
I’ll take care of it.
We, just like this little girl, slurp greedily, clinging steadfastly on the very thing that will destroy us. We change our gait, and walk slowly and surely. And while our arms get sore, fingers smart, and thumbs swell, you say: “I”m almost there. I can make it on my own. And besides, I just can’t just give my life away.”
You start thinking: “I will never see it again. I will lose all control. And…I will never be happy then.”
When you’re actually saying: “I can’t trust any other person with my life. I can’t hand over everything to someone I can’t see. I can’t handle the uncertainty. I can”t handle the possibility of failure.”
Selfishly, willfully, pridefully, we continue to take these steps.
And yet all the while, God, Our Father, walks alongside us, watching our every move. Making sure we don’t slip, or crash, or fall. He walks quietly, carefully alongside us, waiting for us to give it up, and give it all for Him to carry.
He made us.
He knows our limits.
He knows what we can or can not handle.
God can take care of us.
Only if we allow Him.
God’s constant presence in our lives speaks volumes of truth.
We can hand everything over to Him because He is an all-powerful, and all seeing God. God knows the end from the beginning. He can prepare us for the future and save us from the memory of our mistakes.
We can trust Him because He is good, and takes care of the birds, how much more us?
We can cast our burdens on Him, because God fills the WHOLE UNIVERSE. God is BIGGER and STRONGER than we could ever imagine. He can handle and solve any problem, any challenge, any life that is given to Him.
God can not fail, because everything God does is a masterpiece. Look at the universe. Perfection! God also has your best interest at heart, and would never allow evil to conquer you, His prized creation. Everything God created is good, complete, and a masterpiece…including you.
If you are in a place where you feel it is too late for God to fix your problems, that you have lived too long ‘like this’ for God to fix it–you’re wrong. God loves you. God can fix any problem or life in an instant.
So, instead of allowing you to carry your burdens, frayed life and mind, God created a better plan:
You hand over everything to Him, asking Him to help you, asking Him to take your burdens, and take care of you, and He will help you.
If you feel that if you give it away you will lose your independence, your autonomy, your freedom, your acknowledgement of self pride and strength…..it’s not true.
He did not go through the hardships of life here on earth for nothing. He did not suffer persecution for nothing. He did get nailed to a cross, and hang there for three hours in vain.
He did not go to hell for nothing.
He went to hell and back for who? You.
You were that important to God that He sent a replacement to prevent you from ever going through shame, pain, and death.
And you were not created to bear the burdens you carry. You were not created to pretend you have it all together. You were not created to just survive! You were created and ransomed to live a life of freedom, grace, and truth.
You were created to live. So give it all to Him.
He alone can create something new out of your surrender.
So, why don’t you ask Him?
Ask Him to take it.
Because He will never fail you.
Thanks for reading.
Until next time friends,
Hand it over to him. Trust. He won’t ever let you down.
I love you,