Most days we can handle our own problems, fix what is wrong in our lives and mend our own wounds. But every so often, the weight of our worry is almost unbearable: a job loss we didn’t see coming, a grim diagnosis which holds little hope, mounting bills that can’t possibly be paid. In the midst of utter despair, where do we turn to find our way out of the darkness? What if, just for today, we could lay all of our burdens at the foot of the cross, so that the One whose shoulders are stronger, the One who knows all the answers, can carry it for us?
That’s been Christ’s promise to us all along hasn’t it? That for those who trust and believe in Him, He will give us sure footing when we cannot stand on our own. There is simply nothing, no matter how insurmountable it appears, that He is not willing to carry for us. You see He wants us to turn to Him, run straight into His arms, when we cannot face our future alone. At our weariest, He promises to give us rest.
He outstretched His own bloodied arms on that cross, and withstood unbearable pain, so that He could bear our pain, our sin, and the suffering of all of humanity. We are consoled, comforted in knowing what He did, what He will continue to do, to prove His infinite love and mercy to us.
God never promised that there wouldn’t be heartache, that we wouldn’t feel pain, but He did promise we would never be alone in the midst of it. So on those days, those dark and doubt-filled days, when we can no longer bear our own heartache, turn it all over; lay it all down, to the Savior who saves. If only for a little while, maybe just for today.