Happy Monday. “This is the day the Lord hath made…” Rejoice, be glad.
Recently, I had one of those early wake-up mornings (before 4 a.m.). I sensed a heaviness in my spirit. I talked to the Lord, tried to go back to sleep, but to no avail.
I gave in to getting up, getting into my morning routine, which included some time in the word, but still felt the uneasiness. A story my daughter Becky sent me a few days ago came to my mind.
“How much does this weigh?” he asked.
A few ventured an answer, “several grams,” etc.
As he continued to hold up the glass for half an hour he asked, “Now how much does it weigh?”
The answer came, “Hasn’t changed. But your arm may be tired.”
The class went on doing classwork as the professor continued holding the glass for another hour.
“What would happen if I continued to hold the glass up?” he asked.
“Maybe your arm or shoulder would ache or become numb.”
He asked, “What can I do?”
With one accord the students exclaimed, “Put the glass down.”
My heaviness had been caused by a “glass” full of care that day. It didn’t matter what size it was or what it weighed, but that I was holding onto it.
Not only was I being foolish and non-productive, but disobedient to God’s word, which says, “Casting all your care upon him for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
This verse is a jewel in a chapter about the Christian life. Holding on to care chokes the Word in our life, according to the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:22.
Choking the Word in our life makes us defenseless against our adversary. After the admonition to “Cast our care,” we are given some definite instructions.
- Be sober, self-controlled, knowing who the enemy of our soul is (not people by the way).
- Be watchful—he is sneaky and dangerous.
- Resist him. He can look inviting.
After I laid down my care that morning, I realized it had been an open door through which Satan wanted to enter and “set up shop.”
Instead, I chose Philippians 4:8 thoughts—true, honest, just, pure, lovely, things of good report. Yielding to the Holy Spirit brought “love, joy, peace…”
Oh, that I could remember that it is always a choice to hold on to care or to “let it go.”
By the way, that day became one of my best.
Won’t you put the glass down?