Laying it down

Are you feeling burdened and heavy laden?

This season lends itself to introspection as we approach the year’s end.

Cares cling to us like barnacles.

Anxieties anchor us to ground.

Weighed down and weary.

Resistant to being shrugged off.

Sometimes we forget that God isn’t asking us to carry them.

Our frame is not built for such loads.

We are meant to hand them all over to Him as soon as they strike.

“Pile your troubles on to God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out” ~ Psalm 55:22

And I know I so often forget to do just that.

Allowing an invasion of heaviness to sink heart and soul.

Waves of worry try to drown me.

Turbulent tides of tension make me lose my equilibrium.

Until I make a conscious decision to do something about it.

‘Divine exchange’

I lay down my worry

knowing Your wisdom is best,

I lay down my hurry

and sink into Your rest.

I lay down my heartache

and let the tears fall,

knowing You understand

and Your Love covers all.

I lay down my guilt

and dark covering of shame

whose muddied silt

falls off at Your Name.

I lay down my fears

and name every one

that has haunted my years

as clouds obscure sun.

I lay down my pride

though it stubbornly clings

and sigh, grateful for the

sweet relief it now brings.

I lay down the right

to have my own way

and decide to hold light

to my plans for each day.

And in laying these down

I am being set free

from self-preoccupied living

into grace-filled liberty.

©JoyLenton2013

“God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace” ~ Psalm 29:11

I have written more about surrendering on Words of Joy this week. 

Day 29 ~ 31 days of  #poetryforthesoul

Linking here with Mel for Essential Fridays link up  

10 thoughts on “Laying it down

  1. Dear Joy
    Oh, I like your description how you hold light to your plans for everyday. This is something a performance driven world finds hard to understand, but we are forced to and learn how it is so much a chasing after the wind in any case!!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

    • Dear Mia, I am delighted as always to see you here and really blessed by the thoughts you share! I agree that a lot of the things which we pursue are “so much chasing after the wind” when it pay to be Holy Spirit wind driven instead. Thank you, my friend. Blessings Xx

    • Indeed it is, Neil. We have a deep tendency to hold fast to what we are, have and know. Yet in letting go and offering them to God, we discover it is a truly productive thing to do because He gives us so much more in return. Thanks very much for sharing your insights here! Bless you, my friend. 🙂

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