Days go by and we feel strangely heavy, our souls saturated, weighed down to ground.
Sometimes it’s hard to put our finger on why we are so lethargic and laden.
Sometimes we fail to see what burdens we are carrying, accustomed as we are to their presence.
Sometimes it takes a final filling, a last straw load to tip us over.
And a whispered reminder from Holy Spirit.
He calls soft across the shadows of our mind, His voice gaining urgency to alert our attention.
He warns us we are already full to overflowing in the way we so often try to live life unaided by His grace.
And He speaks wisdom to our spirit. A voice we know yet seldom heed in our pursuit of more, of enough, of extra stuff.
We receive a gentle reminder of Who is our Burden-bearer and how He stands ready to catch us when we falter and fall.
A call to relinquish, let go, release, relax our tight grip on it all.
Stop… Pause… Breathe… Pray.
A call to pursue God, yield to grace, be filled with Holy Spirit gifts rather than heavy with worldly worries and cares.
Because living lightly and freely is God’s plan for you and me.
You surround me like ocean undertow
But I don’t see Your sacred sea
when my eyes are fixed to ground
picking up problem-pebbles in my hand
I examine each and every one
Note each mark, each line and scar
Reluctant to release them
even though my hands overflow
Then I hear a whisper on the wind
calling across the ripples
of my troubled mind
An invitation to let go
Focus my gaze on You alone
instead of holding on to sharp
stones biting into skin
My fingers slowly uncurl
Feeling strangely vacant, light
as each pebble thuds hard
into the sand, until I am
left with empty, open hands
reaching out to You ~ unfurled
“Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” ~ 1 Peter 5:7