On a recent morning after our snowfall, as I was driving, there was a fog beginning to build as the sun was peaking out through the clouds. The fog, the result of the warming air and the snow on the ground, was so incredibly beautiful that I actually turned my car around to stop at a forest preserve to take this picture. To me it was breathtaking. I was awed by the beautiful reminder of the power and love of our God. He used our weather conditions to create a rising fog, with the sun shinning through to remind me of His presence and His goodness. I felt as if He created this awe-inspiring sight just for me. I felt the warm glow of His love in that moment in a powerful way.
As I began to reflect on the fog and how it can make it more difficult to see when driving, God opened my eyes to remind me what can happen when I allow the “burdens” of this life to “fog” my thinking. These “burdens” look different for each of us. For some it is the attempt at perfection, or maybe it’s being tied to a “to-do” list, maybe you are experiencing an illness or have a family member who is ill. For some it may be the loss of a loved one this year. Whatever the burden you are carrying, God doesn’t want you to carry it alone. He was reminding me that when I shoulder the burden alone, I end up in a fog, mentally exhausted and unable to clearly see Jesus through the fogginess of my sight.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)
I know from past experience, that when I shoulder the burdens of life alone, I lose sight of who God is and how much He loves me. I become unable to see Him clearly and don’t recognize His provisions or presence each day. I’ve learned that is not a place I want to be nor is it where God wants me to be.
God wants us to share our burdens with Him, to cry out to Him in prayer and just put them all out on the table. He knows the burdens of our hearts and minds anyway, but He eagerly awaits us to come to Him and share them so we can experience His deep love and compassion. It is through the praying, that our eyes can be opened and we can begin to see God more clearly and see His provisions in our lives.
One of the greatest blessings of being a follower of Christ is to be able to turn to God with everything and experience the tenderness of His love. His well of love is endless and He patiently waits for us to turn to Him in prayer and share our burdens. I can only imagine His pleasure when we share our struggles with Him and His excitement to tenderly provide for us in the midst of our circumstances. Look for His provisions as you pray and throughout your day. They may come in the most unexpected ways. Through a friend to share your struggles, a song on the radio or maybe in the beauty of a sunrise or the rising fog over the snow.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)