Imagine you’re on the edge of a massive desert.
Sand spreads out before you, mile after endless mile. The heat from the sun blazing and causing droplets of sweat to form on your brow as you stand looking off into the distance.
As you glance at the burden near your feet, questions arise how you will ever be able to carry the 1000 pounds across the 100 miles you must traverse. An impossible feat if there ever was one.
What may sound like a far-fetched story is really the reality of each of our lives.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve had several conversations where I’ve used the concept from Psalm 37:5a which tells us to “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him …”
The idea of “commit” is to “roll the burden” upon the Lord.
Just as it’s impossible for a single person to carry 1000 pounds across 100 miles of desert, so too its impossible for you to live out the calling upon your life as a Christian … in your own strength and ability.
Many Christians today are exhausted, stressed, or crushed down by the burdens and demands of life—yet, are we not the same believers who are more than conquerors and called to “rejoice always”? (see Philippians 4:4 and Romans 8:37).
Yet the burdens only weigh us down when we try to carry them.
1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to “cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
What if you didn’t have to carry all the weight?
What if we do “commit our way unto the Lord” and roll the burden upon Him?
If I had to carry 1000 pounds across 100 miles of desert, I wouldn’t load my back and attempt it in my strength – I know I’ll fail. Rather, I would take a pack animal like a donkey or camel, roll the burden upon their backs and let them carry the weight – for they were designed to carry it.
Interestingly, as I lead the camel across the desert, I am bringing 1000 pounds across the 100 miles … but not by bearing the weight myself.
This is exactly the picture in Psalm 37:5.
God is not a camel or donkey (He truly is indescribingly superior), yet He does want to carry the load for us.
Rather than live under the stress, burden, and pressure – will you roll the burden upon the Lord? Remember, He cares for you.
Know I am cheering you on unto that end!