What if the burden was lifted?
Today while seeking wisdom to guide a friend, this popped into my head. What if the burden was lifted?
I sat there trying to make rhyme or reason of this.
What if nothing was in the way? What if the nightmares that haunt her stopped? What if the heavy heavy weight she is carrying was lifted from her?
I don’t know. I don’t know what would happen if her burden was lifted. I don’t know what would happen if she was able to lay it at the cross and never pick it up again. I don’t know why the struggle is necessary sometimes, but I know there is purpose.
It seems as if so many of the references I found in the bible for “burden” were soon followed by a warning about idols. Could it be that the thing we view as a burden, could also be an idol?
At first I thought, no, I was burdened by sorrow, depression, and shame - I didn’t want it - it just burdened me.
But wait…an idol is anything I place in a higher place than God. When making my priority list, I certainly didn’t list depression over God, but sometimes I believed the lies of depression over God. Sometimes I refused to believe that God loved me, despite what the Bible said, despite what Jesus says, I listed to my past, I listened to my tainted shameful thoughts, over God!!!! Could it be that I believed in the power of my depression and shame and victimization more than I believed in my God?
He removed the burden from my shoulders. He delivered me, from before the time I was born He delivered me. He delivered her, He delivered you, the moment He died on the cross. Hear Him. He is the Lord your God. There is no “what if the burden was lifted”. It WAS lifted, we just need to accept it.
Psalm 81:6-10 “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud……..Hear me, my people, and I will warn you - if you would only listen to me, Israel! You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. I am the lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open wide you mouth and I will fill it.