This week I have had some major back pain. My friend and I started a new workout video that is now requiring us to lift weights. Strength straining is such a great component to exercise because it burns lots of calories when I am doing nothing and I like that! I noticed throughout this week that sitting, standing or lying for too long would hurt my back and so I found myself completely uncomfortable. I was on my way to pick up Rachel from school one afternoon and I thought about all the people that I know who are struggling with addictions, or numbness, or complacency or depression and the list goes on and on. I thought about the times in my life where I was in the midst of pain and struggling through my own junk. I realized that just like changing positions trying to ease my back pain I would often try and change the position of my heart hoping that it would ease or release me from the bondage I was in rather than just dealing with the issue itself. We tuck away all the junk that clogs up our dreams and our freedom and then when we find ourselves in so much pain we only try to ease the pain rather than get rid of it all together. God wants to take those dark places in your heart and remove them for good. He wants to use your pain to bring Glory to His name. He sent His son to set you free. Changing churches, changing friendships, changing jobs, changing your passion will only bring temporary relief. You have to fully surrender, walk in obedience and leave the results to Him. He is sovereign and He knows what you fear, what you struggle with and what plagues your mind. When you shift your eyes from your circumstances to God’s unbelievable power you can then rest in the promise of His strength. We know that we are going to face trials. Some of those seasons will leave us breathless and struggling to even stand but God’s strength and His love for us is what brings forth new life in us. It’s resting in Him ALONE not relationships, dreams, friendships, drugs, sex, food or whatever it may be that you want so badly to fill that void. Be encouraged today! There is NOTHING to big for our Creator. Take those burdens that are weighing your heart down and leave the results up to Him.
Matthew 11:28-30 Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."