Soul Peaceful: Ha-LAY-lujah

Monday, May 18, 2020

HA-LAY-LUJAH

Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

I recall a time when my former roommate and I could turn a funny story into a spiritual message.

Once, I swiftly darted down two flights of stairs to help unload the groceries from the car. It seemed doable; it seemed bearable because I had done it many times before. I grabbed 6 bags in one hand and 6 bags in the other. At the time the bags didn’t seem heavy at all. As I began to walk back up the two flights of stairs I noticed I had the milk, the water, and just about every canned good you could imagine. It’s amazing how heavy something becomes after you've carried it for a while. Why did I grab so many? I figured that if I could grab as much as possible in one trip, I wouldn’t have to go up and down those stairs so many times. I wouldn’t dare admit that I thought I was superwoman!

I was carrying so much weight that it messed up my walk. I was breathing heavily so it affected my talk, and what should have taken 1-2 minutes turned into 5-10. The heaviness completely slowed me down. During my struggle to make it up the stairs, I looked up and saw my roommate with that umph umph umph look on her face; you know the one we receive when we know we shouldn’t be doing something and get caught. I immediately knew I was about to get fussed at but instead she reached out her hand to grab a few of the bags and asked, “Why are you carrying so much, I could have helped you?” I didn’t even argue with her statement, I happily handed over 6 of those bags! Despite MY thinking, I was not superwoman!

As I sat down to take a break from the extreme fatigue, I could only think about Jesus and how He must feel when we try to do it all on our own. We read the scripture found in Matthew 11:28 as He asks us to come unto Him if we are carrying heavy burdens, and promises to give us rest, but do we? We read in 1 Peter 5:7 where Jesus wants us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us, but do we? If we are honest with ourselves, sometimes Jesus is the last person we call on in times of trouble and great distress. I wonder how often does Jesus ask the question, “Why are you carrying so much, I could have helped you?” Thank God for roommates, friends, & family who see us in the midst of our struggle and assist us. But praise the Lord there is someone who sticks closer than our friends, family, or roommates: Jesus, our Savior! Jesus was willing to LAY down his life completely for us, and He Did!

The word Hallelujah (Alleluia) is the Hebrew & Greek Word that means “Praise The Lord.” We can sometimes miss our shout because we are so heavy-laden! We must get to the point in our lives where we have our Ha-LAY-lujah moments! Just like Jesus was willing to LAY down his life for us, we must be willing to LAY down our weights at His feet! I know I’m not the only one who has thought I could be superwoman, carrying as much weight as I wanted; and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has proved that statement wrong!

Let this mediation guide you in releasing all the baggage you need to place at Jesus' feet.

There are times in our lives when we are struggling, hurting, in pain, or miserable but instead of LAYing it at the feet of Jesus, we harbor and hold on to it. Someone reading this message right now needs to join me in LAYing “it” at the feet of Jesus! I don’t know what your “it” is: maybe you are going through an ugly divorce, a sad breakup, loss of a loved one, financial woes, stress from working two jobs & trying to make ends meet, the feeling of being 40-single-and a misfit, the weariness of being married but still lonely, health rollercoasters, mistreatment at your workplace, isolation, anxiety, depression, and disconnection from your spiritual and biological family due to COVID-19...I don’t know what “it” is, but God knows!

Whatever “it” is, God can take care of it for you if you LAY it at His feet today! Are you ready for your Hal-LAY-lujah moment? I sure am!

Until next time my dears...

Be Soul Peaceful,

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