Lay It All Down
We carry around burdens with us each and every day that God wants to take off our backs and put on His. Will you let Him? We are called to lay it all down at the feet of Jesus, so what is holding you back?
Overwhelmed With Burdens
I love to write, but I haven’t written recently because I’ve felt like I’ve been overwhelmed with burdens. So many things have been holding me down almost suffocating me to where I can’t breathe.
I haven’t had much time to rest, to sit, to just be.
Today, life got the best of me when I realized my heart hasn’t been in the right place. I believe that some of the greatest changes in a person’s life is when they are blatantly vulnerable. So, here it goes:
This week I heard a song called “Lay It All Down” by Will Reagan for the first time. He talks about laying our burdens down at the feet of Jesus. For me I have heard the saying of laying your burdens down at the feet of Jesus and I felt like I understood it. But I guess I truly didn’t.
I still hold on to the burdens of my past- my mistakes, my busyness, my pride, my selfishness, my loss of control of my emotions, my sin, always trying to be okay.
I let these weigh me down every day.
I catch myself in the midst of my days unable to escape the negative thoughts. Thoughts of competitiveness, of having to go above and beyond to prove myself. Thoughts of comparison, trying to look like I’ve always got it all together.
It’s exhausting. And it has begun to drown me.
In Will Reagan’s song he says, “Bring your worry, guilt, and pain. Every cause you have for shame. Lay it all down.”
I lay here on my chocolate stained blanket, with messy hair, a tear stained cheek, and I’m telling you that as children of God we are given the opportunity to lay it all down.
As people pass by, I wonder what burdens are they carrying? What burdens are YOU who are reading this post carrying?
We are either too busy, worrying about the future, dealing with anxiety or depression, facing an illness that isn’t curable, or a myriad of different things, yet amongst all that crazy have you taken the time to just sit and be still? To really lay it all down?
I know I haven’t.
Another thing on my heart is this feeling of being a bad friend, as I have been so focused on where I’m at right now and where I’m going that I haven’t asked what my friends’ burdens are. I don’t want this to be the case.
However, it’s okay.
It is okay to mess up. It is okay to not be okay and to be struggling, because honestly all of us are struggling with something. It’s a broken world we live in, and things are not always going to be okay.
There have been two verses that have really stuck with me while thinking about this idea of laying it all down:
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.“ -Psalm 23:1-3
“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you & learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy & my burden is light” –Matthew 11:28-30
When we lay down our burdens, we are telling God that we surrender all to him. When we surrender all to Him, He will give us rest. It is easier said than done, of course, because here I stand guilty of failing to lay my burdens at the feet of Jesus.
I have been focusing on the outside appearance of myself rather than the inside appearance. And right now if you can picture a heart, mine is broken, it has scratches and dents and cracks.
One thing I’ve forgotten is that each of those cracks is unique, it builds to my character, the person that I am. And in those cracks and scratches is beauty, and is a part of the story that Jesus has written for my life. The same goes for you.
Our pasts, our mistakes, our struggles do not define us. What defines us is what we do after, who we decide to serve after we mess up. If we choose to go back and serve the God who allows us to lay it all down at His feet. If we do, we get to live this life to its fullest, glorifying God in all we do, think, and speak.
So my dear friends, join me in learning what it really means to lay it all down at the feet of Jesus. To fully surrender everything. Surrender our past, our family’s mistakes, our competitiveness in school, comparison, the sin that you hide, the deep hurt that you have.
As a community, let’s walk side by side in this journey of life learning to love God and love one another with all we’ve got.
Let’s lay it all down at the feet of Jesus.