Another new year is upon us and I’m sure I am not the only one who has gone into 2018 with plans to change certain things. Perhaps, like me, you plan to lose a bit of weight and get fit, to de-clutter, to spend more time reading (especially my Bible!)…..
Well, one month in, I wonder how your plans are going. Mine aren’t going too well so far, but I’ll keep trying!
I wonder whether you have resolved to address any deeper issues. Perhaps there is someone who you have lost touch with and you are being prompted to re-connect. Maybe you are aware that, deep down, you are still angry or hurt about something from the past that is holding you back. Or are you carrying a fear, for your health, your finances, a relationship, your family?
Surely all of us carry a burden from the past, a worry in the present, or a fear of what lies ahead, in some form or another. When listening to the news around the world, it prompts me to wonder why I give my cluttered cupboards or my clothes feeling too tight a second thought! However, our worries, even if they appear small to others, are very real to us.
I heard this hymn (What a friend we have in Jesus) on Songs of Praise this afternoon and the words resonated strongly:
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer
Sometimes, we are so busy carrying our worries and fears in our backpacks, looking down as we struggle under the weight or straight ahead intent on going in our own direction, that we forget to carry them to Jesus. Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads. I will give you rest” and 1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries to Him, because He cares for you.”
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Perhaps that is the only resolution we need. Then all we need to do is listen for His answer.
With every blessing for 2018.
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