Day 103: Ball and Chain (April 13)

Today as I was driving alone, I realized that I was feeling really tired.   It was early in the day, but I felt a weight on me that seemed to be dragging my spirit low.  Then God spoke to me, “Lisa, if you don’t remain constantly focused on Me and what I’m doing, then the things I have put in your life as blessings, will begin to feel like weights.  Good things like your husband, kids, worship leading, etc. can weigh you down if you don’t keep remembering that it’s up to Me to work out all of the details.”

I saw myself walking and dragging a big ball and chain around with me.  Laboring with each step under the weight of it all.  Then I realized, I need to (once again) let go.  I wondered why I keep having to let go.  I didn’t even realize I was holding things again, then it struck me. I am just reaching a new level of letting go.  I haven’t picked up anything that I had previously let go, I am diving deeper into the Father and He’s showing me new depths of holding on that I was unaware existed.

You know, life’s so much easier when I realize that God isn’t upset with me.  It’s also revolutionary to me when I realize that I’m not always doing something wrong.  Does anyone else feel like that?  When God shows me something, my first response is, “What am I doing wrong? I’m sorry”.  But what I’m learning now is, it’s not about doing wrong.  It’s about growing.  I’m growing in a new area, and that’s why I’m needing a new level of release.

This past week, I have taken some new steps of deliberate obedience and pressed into new places the Father was leading me into, and as a result, He is able to show me new parts of myself.  It’s so cool that when we discover new parts of Him, we also discover new parts of our own selves.  Walking with God is such a wonder.  Every day I live close to His side is filled with awe.

Do you feel weighed down by life?  Are you feeling suffocated with responsibility?  My friend, it’s not meant to be that way.  God didn’t create you to bear His burdens.  He came to bear yours!

“Come to me”, I hear Him saying.  “Lay down your burdens and just rest in Me.”

Will you?  Will you trust Him with the details you have so firmly grasped in your hands?  I know a secret, He doesn’t need you to control things.  He’s got it all in His hands.  In fact, sometimes our well-intentioned control can hinder His hand from moving and prolong our rescue.  Let that sink in a minute.  Could it be that your choke hold on a situation has knocked away the hand of Holy Spirit?

Take some time and marinate in His Spirit today.  Let Him soften your grip on life.  Is He highlighting a particular circumstance or person whom you have in a choke hold of undue control?  If so, will you let go?  I promise it’s worth it.  Let go, and let God… they say.  It’s so true though.  Let go of that ball and chain that’s been holding you down.

Come unto 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.  For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.  Proverbs 12:25

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.  Proverbs 1:7

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