Our life group is reading a book together called “The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins” by Kyle Idleman. If you feel you are at the end of yourself, Idleman says that’s a good place to be. That is when Jesus becomes real in your life. I found that this is true for me. I try to carry my cares, my burdens, my worries, and my sins on my own. It is only when I am exhausted and frustrated and tired that I turn to our Lord for help.
We read in scripture:
1 Peter 5:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you…
I think our problem is one of perspective. Why do we not cast our “anxiety” on God so he can lift us up? Why do we hold back from taking our problems to God? Why do we try to do it all ourselves?
With the small things, it is as if we somehow think it is too small to bother him with. With the bigger things, it is as if we feel ashamed that we can’t overcome them on our own. I know I’m not the only one who has struggled with feeling like a “failure at faith” because I could not conquer my sins solo.
Consider the picture below and imagine that each building represents all the issues, cares, and worries in your life. When we look at our issues what do we see: big issues, small issues, medium issues? Some are of harder material than others. Some are wider or taller. Some have weird unique quirks that stand out from our view point.
However, what if you changed the perspective?
If you look at the issues now, what do you see? You can see that all the same issues are still there but they sure do look different. In fact, they all look about the same don’t they? It sure seems like a matter of perspective. Nothing is too big or too small for our Lord.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.