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.
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.
“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”
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!!
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
Letting go is one of the hardest things for people to do, but one of the most productive, as well. God’s strength truly is made perfect in our weakness. Good thought here, Joy; thank you!
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. 🙂
Thank you, La! It’s lovely to see you here. I appreciate you taking time to visit. Blessings 🙂 x
Lay it down! What a delightful poem. At each inroad of panic or pain seek out your Elder Brother. Tell Him (Jesus) how much you trust Him and remember and gain strength from His Via Dolorosa.
Yes, in seeking out our Elder Brother, Jesus, we are able to gain hope and strength for the journey. Thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate you visiting here. 🙂
Friend ~ Your writing are morsels of daily manna! Blessings ~Debbie
Dear Debby, your words are manna to my soul! Thank you for your sweet comment. Blessings Xx 🙂