Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
I fully intended to carry my burdens and the requests of loved ones to the cross to lay the burdens down. It was the third day of the Three Day Journey to the Cross. Our three word focus for this day: Let it Go.
I had many rocks with prayers of hope and praises to plant in the rock garden. These rocks came in various shapes and sizes. But I intentionally chose larger, heavier rocks to carry; therefore I could feel the burn in the load that I carried and rejoice in the release as I let them go to the Lord at the foot of the cross.
There was a nicely paved path to drive up the steep incline of the mountain to reach The Empty Cross. Yet, my plan was to hike from the bottom to the top carrying the load alone.
On the other hand, that wasn’t God’s plan.
The entire experience humbled me and taught me a valuable lesson about how our plan isn’t always God’s plan. It was His lesson about letting go and releasing control.
There we sat, four friends and me, at the bottom of the mountain beside the awe-inspiring statue of Mary where we shared our Let it Go devotional. I turned to the four friends and reminded them that I intended to walk from the bottom to the top but didn’t want to force my plan upon them, so they could drive if they chose to. Immediately all four friends said they would walk with me. Jokingly they said, “Will you carry our rocks also?” “Of course,” I replied, “Bring it on.” One friend then offered her sturdy backpack to replace my flimsy sack of rocks. We started dumping all of our rocks (burdens) into that backpack. The load became heavier and heavier. I really wanted to carry that backpack. And then a God thing happened.
One friend said let me start and carry it part of the way for you. I literally almost grabbed it away and said no. I wanted that burden back in my hands.
Then, all four friends wanted to help. Each wanted to shoulder the load and carry it up the mountain path. But my plan. It’s MY plan. I want to carry the load! Wait y’all. It’s MY burden to carry. Yet, four friends carried the load. Four friends helped each other and me. God brought to mind a familiar account in the Bible about four friends who helped carry “a load” and dropped it right down on Jesus. (Reference Mark 2:1-12)
Each friend carried the load for a portion of the path. I stopped in my tracks and heard God tell me to let them carry that load. He spoke about releasing my plans into His hands. I slipped behind my precious friends, with joyful tears sneaking down my cheeks watching each one help shoulder the load.
Each friend supported and encouraged one another, helping lay the load onto the next friend’s back.
I was eagerly awaiting MY turn. We couldn’t see the summit until we rounded the last bend. It was then I realized we were there.
Four friends carried that load all the way.
The Lord had taken MY plan, and put His Mighty fingerprints all over it.
At that moment I knew I wouldn’t carry the burden at all; for I wasn’t meant to carry it. HE was. He IS. HE ALWAYS WILL BE. He had it all along!
There we stood at the summit – the foot of the cross. That seed of stubborn determination prevailed. I just wanted my moment with those heavy rocks. So my friends helped load them on my back and I took one small flight of steps, so I too could feel the weight. Oddly, it felt weightless. More like “GODly”… it felt weightless. Ok, so maybe I could walk back down the mountain a bit and come up again. “Wait!” God spoke, “Do you hear me, my stubborn child? Don’t miss my lesson. Allow others to help, trust my plan and let your plan go. YOU cannot control everything, nor try carrying it all alone. Let it Go. I’ve got this.”
Was it weightless? Yes indeed–the weight of the burden was gone,
Shouldered by friends
Carried by HIM
“Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
Humble yourself before His plan- He can take the load. Learn to Let it Go.