Do you recognize yourself in one of these statements:
“I tend to want to find solutions to everything.”
“I worry too much about things beyond my control.”
” I try to carry people’s burdens like they were mine.”
“I want others to need me therefore I don’t encourage them to grow.”
“I try to plan and foresee everything that go wrong so I can find solutions.”
“I analyze and criticize other people’s behavior and wonder why they don’t change rather than praying for them.”
If you fit into one of those descriptions, you are not alone. At one point or another, we sometimes want to have everything under our control and we feel overwhelmed when it become too much.
In times like this, I find it helpful to whisper to myself: “I am not God”.
I cannot change people’s attitude and behaviors, I cannot save the failing economy, protect every family member, provide for every single person but I can let God be God.
I can pray and I can play my small partition within God’s great plan for this world. I can’t do everything because I am limited but God can because He is a limitless and powerful God.
Sometimes because of our need to be recognized and appreciated, we tend to do more that what we can actually carry. That coworker is going to be fine even if you say no for the eleventh time. That family member will be taken care of even if you stop providing for him.
Why? Because there is a God and it’s not you.
Isn’t it freeing to know this?
To know that the world won’t stop turning because I decided to drop my heavy load and everyone else expectations and just rest at the Lord’s feet.
I want to encourage you today: it’s time to drop your heavy load. You can rest now. You have permission to do. Jesus himself gave you this permission when he said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Dear friend, if you find yourself with more than you can carry today, just drop it at the feet of Jesus and whisper to yourself: “I am not God“.
And it’s ok. You’ll be ok.