I am certain we all know the feeling of being overwhelmed by personal problems.  However, when your burdens don't only seem all consuming, but feel as if they are unbearable, there is a human tendency to want to withdraw from the challenges and hide somewhere we won't be found.  Sometimes it appears easier to run from a situation than to confront it head on.  When your world is caving in and you think nothing more can go wrong, it is simple enough to say, "I can't take anymore, I am out of here."  But is that the correct response?

I have found in times like this that I can have a number of carnal responses. 

  • I start to criticize:  I find what is wrong with people that are making my life difficult.
  • I focus on my problems:  Instead of focusing on solutions to the problems surrounding me I find myself dwelling on the issues at hand.
  • I take things into my own hands:  I begin to work out the solution for myself.
  • I become negative:  I see everything as difficult and problematic.
  • I become consumed with self:  I am only aware of my pain and anxiety.
  • I interpret the Bible in a subjective way.

In times of pressure I try to stop and remind myself: "Take it to the Lord in prayer."  Remember that old song?  Here are the words:

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.

I want to encourage you today to take your burden to the Lord in prayer.  There is no safer placeto be than in the presence of our God.  He wants you to, "cast your burdens on Him."  He does promise in His Word that He will sustain us.  When your burden appears unbearable, rememberGod promises that "He will never leave you, or forsake you."  Be encouraged today my friend.  God is with you!  He will see you through this time...don't give up, don't give in...take your burden to the Lord.

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,