Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Weight of the World, Say Hello to My Father Who Created the Universe

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The Weight of the World is No Match for God

Mmmkay. So, I got up one morning and went for a walk; it was a Thursday (Friday Eve if ya feelin’ fancy). I’d made it back home and started getting my work clothes together and out of my peripheral, I noticed a large piece of black lint… or a hairball (I didn’t pay attention to which it was) – no big deal.

As I continued my preparation, something just wouldn’t let me leave that lint ball be, so I glanced down at it again. To my horror (that sounded really story-ish, right?), it was a large black cricket! Y’all, Jiminy Cricket had invaded my bedroom!

weight of the worldNow, I noticed that he noticed me because he immediately stopped moving. His antennae froze, he slowly put his leg down and sat there on my carpet. Okay, my first instinct was to yell for someone to come kill him, but the gag is, I live alone sooo, yeah. Next, I was going to run to grab some tissue to squash him, but I was afraid that if I walked away, he’d move, hide, and attack me in my sleep (stop laughing lol).

I stood there in the middle of my bedroom floor, looking around for something to get him with, and I saw nothing. I then looked down, to the right and noticed my ten-pound weights. Uh-huh, I sure did… I picked up one of those weights and dropped it right on top of Jiminy’s wee little body. I figured it would hold him down and kill him so I wouldn’t have to.

Then, I ran to the bathroom to grab 42 squares of bathroom tissue, and right back to my room.

So, here’s the kicker, when I got back and picked up the weight, Jiminy was ready to try to take off. Yep, he survived the weight. He lifted one of his legs and was going to go for it, that is until I grabbed my house slipper that I had found on the way from the bathroom. Finally, I squashed his little life away.

You’re Still Alive and Kicking

love without likeAlright, this is not about how I crushed a cricket so you can stop thinking about it – which you probably can’t now – and there won’t be a quiz later. This is, instead, about how that cricket survived that 10-pound weight I dropped on him.

Now, it may have something to do with the fact that I think he’s the same cricket I kicked out of my apartment and he had a vendetta against me – but we’ll deal with that another time, or not. Seriously though, he survived the weight that I meant to be so heavy that it killed him.

The same way you are surviving that weight that was designed to take you out.

You may be like Jiminy and need to kick your leg out a little to be sure you’re still moving, but you are, indeed, in the game. I know that most days it can seem like life stood right over you and dropped that 10-ton weight on your back and left you for dead. But, I admonish you to notice that you are still standing! There will probably be days that you have to check your own pulse, but you’re here, my dear.

So, What’s the Play Call?

Life gets hard and the strains and pressures of life can get pretty heavy. Here are a few things to remember when you feel the weight of the world drop on you:

  1. Know that when you feel weakest, God is His strongest in your life. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
  2. Give that weight to God. He is ready and willing to lift it off of your shoulders, all you must do is surrender to Him. “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Psalms 55:22 (NLT)
  3. Take on God’s strength to help you make it through. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10
  4. Know that God will give you strength. I know for a fact that sometimes it feels as if that relief will never come. It seems as if this weight will bog you down forever but know that God will give you strength. “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29 (NLT)

Hang in there, teammates! One of two things is bound to happen – either the weight of the world will be lifted, or you will rise up with it on your shoulders. Whatever God allows, know that He is your strength.

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