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Are you Carrying Heavy Loads?

Do you carry heavy loads?  The other morning I was lugging my large black plastic garbage bag to the dumpster. As I slung it into the receptacle, I accidentally threw my cell phone in too. Luckily, it landed right on top of my garbage bag.  I figured I could reach it and all would be well.

Not to be!  I couldn't reach it as hard as I tried. I attempted to pull the garbage dumpster over but it was too heavy and full. I was also concerned that my cell phone would sink deeper into the garbage and be lost forever. So I hoisted myself onto the garbage as I attempted to reach it with my hand. Before I realized it, my legs were up in the air but ...I got it.  I quickly looked around and was relieved that nobody was around to see this crazy woman in the dumpster!

I actually have a spiritual lesson in my garbage story. I wonder how many of you are carrying around heavy loads every day. My bag was heavy!  I think of the Scripture verse:

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)

As we approach Easter, I'm reminded of the Cross. Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God the Father. He took on my sin and yours upon Himself. All the guilt and burdens in life. He paid the penalty for it all. I recognized and admitted that I was a sinner and invited Him into my heart and life. So now I have peace with God.

Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe.

Jesus didn't stay on the Cross. The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive and sits at the right hand of the Father. He intercedes for us today.

"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in Heaven." Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." John 3:16-17 (NIV)
What burdens are you carrying around with you?
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Insecurity
  • Responsibilities for others

Will you consider leaving those burdens at the Cross?

I'm linking up with Bonnie of Faith Barista for Whitespace Thursday.

Whitespace Community Linkup @ faithbarista.com

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Debbie,
    You were brave to retrieve the cell phone out of the trash! Love how you liken it to what weighs us down and how God is willing to take those on for us. Stopped here from the link-up!

  2. I love it Debbie, legs in the air and all - ha! Really though, I could use excerpts from this to integrate with a lesson I'm putting together for a young adult class on everyday burdens - thanks. peace and prayers, david

  3. Great post Debbie, and GREAT analogy! AMEN to it all! Hope you have a blessed Easter! HUGS

    Oh, and glad you got that cell phone back. I imagine your legs in the air retrieving it was a funny sight, lol. But at least you got it...I don't know if I even could have...

  4. I agree with Valerie: you were brave! Great illustration for your point.

  5. Thanks for the smiles, Debbie. I could vision you with legs up in the air... Sure glad you got the cell phone. AND got out!

    I carry the same burdens you listed. Praying we may lay them down at the Cross. Have a joy-filled Easter!

  6. I often visualize with morning devotions and see myself go in to a "burden"area where I leave what yokes I am carrying at the foot of the cross....it has been helpful.Loved your cell phone story! Blessings this Easter!

  7. Ha ha! what a great opening visual! I can understand the frustration of thinking the phone would be lost in that load. It's amazing just how much rubbish we carry isn't it. But no matter how huge the pile or how nasty it is, Jesus took it all so we could be clean and open-handed to receive His righteousness. How beautiful. Thanks.

  8. Lessons we learn while on our heads or taking leaps of faith (puns intended) !! Love how God speaks to us in the everyday stuff :)

  9. Hi Debbie! Oh my, what a challenge to get your cellphone! Good thing you didn't end up in the dumpster.
    Oh yes, I have many things that weigh me down. But I have to let them go, and sometimes it's hard to do that. Sounds crazy (because it is!). Thanks for the reminder that Jesus wants to carry everything hard, he'll just leave me a sliver from the cross. Just a sliver.

    Blessed Easter to you and yours,

  10. that gives new meaning to "dumpster diving!" But, point well taken.....our burdens are best left at the cross where Jesus paid for it all.
    Easter blessings.

  11. I am so grateful you got your phone, and ever so thankful I can leave my burdens with Him! Blessings!


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