Things That Bind, Part 2

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

The last few of days have been difficult for me. Very difficult. For one, the car alternator seems to have broken again. Rats. What a downer. Now not only did the brakes, front end (power steering), and at least two tires need fixing and/or replacing, but the front brakes as well. Well, I got the front brakes fixed on Monday ($450.00) and in the next few weeks, I’ve got to get the new tires in place. Today I’ll do the power steering, and, if God permits, I might possibly have a chance at fixing the alternator myself … if things work out ‘just right’. Failing that, well, it’s just a matter of adding more and more money to the equation, in order to get it all working just right.

If you’ve got a car, you probably have been through similar circumstances. Everything seems to break down at the ‘same time’ sometimes. In and of itself, it can be a real downer. But, praise the Lord, we have a God who is much greater than any of these things. He knows how to handle all these things. And he does provide for us individuals to give us a word of encouragement at ‘just the right time’ sometimes. For example, this morning, as I was dropping the children off to school, a Christian brother gave me this word of encouragement and assurance, “The Lord will provide for your needs”. Although I knew that already in my head, it was nice to hear it coming from another Christian believer. It was as though God himself were saying to me, “Don’t worry, I’m going to take care of it.”

Sometimes, however, things don’t seem to work so smoothy. Things may seem to ‘get in the way’ of our spiritual walk that weigh us down with a burden that appears to be more than we can bear. In my own case, for a long time I have struggled with certain distant family relationships that have been a burden to me. The weight of these things can be overwhelming without us even realizing it sometimes. The “pressure” may bear down upon us in a manner so as to make life seem almost unbearable! I was recently in a situation just like that, in fact, where I could hardly even think about doing my work. The weight was, well, shall we say, oppressive. Not only were these distant family relationships getting in the way, other non-family relationships were affecting me as well.

What should we do at times like these? Well, the first thing I did was send out a prayer request using the FCET prayer request network. Well, as a result, many prayed for me. I received back words of encouragement. God began to feed me words of life once again. I was being ‘built up’ through the body of Christ. The final ‘death’ to the devil’s tricks came when I seemingly ‘accidentally’ bumped into a good Christian friend while at work. In fact, Rob said to me, “I was just praying over your prayer request that you sent out”, for he had received it in his e-mail. Well, greater things were in store still. Still feeling quite heavy laden, I asked Rob if he wouldn’t mind praying with me. I also felt that it was ‘no mere accident’ that I had just bumped into him! Rob said, “sure” and for the next thirty minutes or so, I was able to ‘unload all my burdens’ onto the Lord, through this wonderful servant of the Lord, Rob.

Yes, it was a matter of personally sharing with him, and and being able to then pray to the Lord with him, that made the biggest difference of all. I would like to encourage you that if you are carrying a burden today, that God wants to help you cast all your burdens onto him. Through prayer that is possible.

“Until now you have asked for nothing in my name, Ask, and you will recieve and you joy will be made complete.” (John 16:24, NIV)