There’s and old Hymn written by Charles Tindley in 1916 entitled, Leave It There. I relate deeply to music and this song has a dear place in my heart. The course goes like this, "Take your burden to the lord and leave it there. If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out. Take your burden to the Lord. Leave it there."
I have something weighing heavy on my heart. An issue that will probably be nothing. Through experience I have found that God has a magnificent way of quieting my cares in HIS glorious time. So today when I was told something that bothered me I made a commitment to God and to myself. I made a promise to Him. I promised Him that I was not going to make this a public concern, it would only be a topic of conversation with him. (This is going to be a challenge for me!)
The bible tells us time and time again that God will provide. He will care for us. He will provide for our every need, our every care. But, no matter how grounded we are in God's promises, we sometimes are swayed by the enemy. We bring upon ourselves this vicious cycle of worry. A crazy spinning in our minds, a spinning that can make the smallest concern appear to be much bigger than it really is. And if your anything like me, I want to talk about these worries. I want to get everyone's opinion. I want everyone to be on MY side, to tell me I'M right. (Even when sometimes I’m not) I want approval that my worries are valid. Some worries are valid, some are just that crazy spinning, spinning that can easily make us lose our balance and our grasp on the situation. And sometimes, the more we talk to other about issues, them more validation we get, the easier it is to lose touch with God and take the worries back into our own hands. That’s where the “Leave It There” comes in. If we are so busy discussing and looking for validation from others, it’s difficult to leave it at God’s feet and watch Him work, we’re too busy wanting our plan to take over.
I have one very good friend, an honest voice of reason. Years ago, I was going through something, I was behaving in a way that was not acceptable but I found a million ways to justify my actions. I asked my friend, "Am I wrong?" and she quickly came back with "Of course your wrong! You didn't need to ask me.". In the same way, as a mother and a wife, I do the same thing with worry. I make a minuscule situation in to a massive worry and I look for others to support me, to feed my concern. (Only making it grow bigger) But really, what I need, is to be told that my worries and cares have already been taken care of by Someone much bigger and marvelous than myself. I need someone to tell me what deep down inside, I already know, but so easily overlook. That is the powerful care of God.
The song "Leave It There" tells us to bring our burdens to Him, to lay them down and step back. Step back and watch God work. I should be good at this, I have seen God work in my life in ways that leave me in sheer amazement, and yet I struggle. I struggle to “Leave It There”
"Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
he’ll carry your load, He’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
topple into ruin."
So, today I have decided to leave this burden with God. It may sound funny but I have developed a mental game plan to "Leave It There". First, I have committed to praying about it. Every time I want to bring it up, get someone’s approval, someone to justify my worry, I will pray. I will talk to God instead of letting words come out of my mouth. Second, I will wait. I will wait patiently, to see God work. Through experience I know all too well that God’s timing is much different than mine. So, I will not expect resolution today, tomorrow, or even next week. Finally, if this worry of mine takes a great deal of time to be worked out, I will make note of all the positive implications that will occur due to what I consider a negative challenge. So today, I give it to God, wholeheartedly! Say prayers for me, this could be a rough one!! Blessings!!!
BibleGateway. (n.d.). Retrieved January 11, 2017, from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2B55%3A22-23&version=MSG
Timeless Truths Free Online Library | books, sheet music, midi, and more. (n.d.). Leave It There. Retrieved January 11, 2017, from http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Leave_It_There/
J. (2013, October 15). Joey Rory - Leave It There (Live). Retrieved January 11, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFuG8C3yGx0