For many very good reasons those are definitely the wisest words spoken around me in the last couple of weeks. Recently, after a very long hiatus I've returned to the world of physical work. I'm slowly becoming adjusted to my new routine, getting lots of healthy exercise, working with people I enjoy, and spending all day outside usually in the woods! It's every bit as much fun as it sounds, but the combination of having turned fifty last month and my being so very out of shape (round is a shape isn't it?) has made it a real challenge. Let me tell you, after you've pushed yourself pretty hard it's an incredible feeling just to lay back on the grass and stare up at the crystal clear blue sky. Feeling your blood coursing through your veins and the blessed peace that even momentary relief brings. Marking time by the thunderous rhythm of your own heart beats against the easy swaying of the tree tops.
Overheated~ pulsating... ecstatic!
At this point in my life, it's out of necessity I must be smarter about how I go about things. I'm no longer able to simply go to the well of my physical strength as before. This emerging strategy consists mostly of practicing patience, persistence, and planning, but more importantly it's about using the power that's available to me most effectively. That involves developing the skill and judgment nessesary to use a machine to it's full potential without pushing it to the point that it's going to break or in a way it wasn't designed to be used. Understanding that it, the machine, will take a great deal of hard use but very little if any ab-use. So while it's true that my strength isn't what it once was and my energy is now much more precious, none of those realities change the fact that the job is about moving heavy objects from one place to another, and so the relationship I have with my "power" equipment is extremely vital to me!
Life can also be a "mission impossible"
How common it seems to be nowadays for people to feel overwhelmed by all of the heavy burdens they're dragging around or trying to carry on their shoulders. All of us can relate personally or have known those who were crushed by the weight of their problems, by the pile of logs that are on top of them! Many people mistakenly believe that they're stuck in their situations, pinned down by the tangled mess their living in and are frustrated by it's complex nature. Sadly, their lives have become a hopeless, joyless, depressing drudgery with seemingly no meaning to all of the hardship and struggles that they endure daily.
And that's no way to live!
This description also fits many Christian people who would eagerly to tell you about Jesus and his great love for us all! Who have trusted Christ for their eternal salvation and yet somehow they're challenged to trust Him with their present circumstances! I wonder if they believe that He's a far away God who is perhaps indifferent to their troubles or that what goes on here in this life is theirs to deal with alone. I don't think that's right, this sounds much easier to me!
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Years ago my high school biology teacher told us that he had previously taught chemistry for many years all the while believing that he understood it until one day as he was drawing a formula on the board in a sudden realization he actually "got it" himself. He thought he understood it but his understanding was only on a superficial level. I'm sure he had passed many tests over it to graduate and no doubt felt comfortable teaching it to others. In his head it seemed to be a settled issue, but in his heart it was a different matter. He didn't really understand it, not on that level, there was a vital connection missing, an "app" as they call it today that turned it from being just a bunch of abstract theories into a simple life changing reality!
As Christians I think we all need to have a similar "light bulb" moment! One way to do that is to walk by faith in our own lives until we come to a much clearer understanding of what is the true reality of the spiritual world and the false illusion of the physical one.
1 Corinthians 2:6
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
If only we could comprehend much more of God's love for us, think of the difference it would make in our lives, that we could make in this world! we could live our lives in victory and love would flow out of us like living waters!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Christs supreme act of love and redemption that was done for all men on the cross defeated sin's power over us and ultimately death on our behalf. It made the impossible possible, and through the power of His blood Jesus still empowers believers to rise above all of the weapons that are formed against them in life.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Easy does it!
We have a tremendous tool that we don't use nearly enough! It has the power to pull us out of the miry clay we're stuck in and out of the worst thorns and thickets we could ever hope to find ourselves. It can lift all of those heavy burdens we're carrying around ourselves, put them on a truck, and deliver you from the need to ever fear them again! What is it?
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
It's as easy as just loving God,
Loving our brothers and sisters by sharing Christ's love which was given to us freely
And finally, it's as easy as loving yourself and KNOWING that God loves YOU!
There's nothing confusing or complicated about it. All we have to do is LOVE.
That's always been Gods intention towards us, I don't understand why we all don't get it !
Or why if we say we do, we don't act with the authority it conveys to us over all areas of our lives
Someday, a simple little man is going to read Gods word and just believe it...
And the rest of us are going to be really embarrassed when he looks at us and says,
It's easy when you just let God do it!
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen