We take God for granted.
We take it for granted that God is always standing there with arms wide open, poised and eager to receive our burdens.
Eager to receive our burdens.
Who in your life is truly eager to share your burdens? Eager to gather all your hurt, your pain, your fears, your worries, shoulder them, carry them away, and all you need to do is let go?
But we don’t.
We cling stubbornly to our ways. We try to make it on our own. The world feeds these desires, telling us that independence is the height of satisfaction and success. That dependency, vulnerability, and weakness can be conquered if we just ignore them and push on.
But this type of pushing will drive you insane.
This type of pushing will deny you your true self, will keep you from honest relationships with others, and will keep you from a God who merely wants to share your burdens.
So try it this morning.
Try letting go.
Let God see your fears, your pain, and your hurt. Let God walk alongside you, accompany you in the darkness. And finally, let God take all those things to which you’ve been clinging and bear them, as Jesus did the cross, so that you can be free.
You may weep.
You may weep because this type of grace does not come easy. Not because God is not willing but because our flesh is weak. You may weep because this grace is deeper, wider, bigger than the satisfaction we may feel at our own successes. You may weep because to be in the presence of God is holy, astounding, and awe-inspiring.
You may weep because tomorrow God will be standing there once again with arms wide open, eager to receive our burdens.
Will you let go?