Impossible, God's Favourite Word

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. (ERV)

Someone said, It isn't the load that wears us down. It's the way that we carry it. They might've added, It's the fact that we carry it, at all.

I was in the job market for many, many years, under-qualified, as I worked to support my husband, who was studying in order to become a philosophy professor in university.

My last job involved such a long commute that my children were asleep when I left and asleep when I got home. Every workday, I travelled two hours by street car, subway, and then a city bus stuffed with recent immigrants, mothers like me, employed at the pickle works next door to the publishing company that I worked at. Despite the early hours, these good-natured individuals up and down the aisles were constantly engaged in pratfalls and other rowdy antics for the entire trip. I could only imagine what probably went on at their workplace.

Previously, I'd been running a live-in group home for teenage boys in trouble with the law. With my own three and another six, that made nine children under my care, whose manners and outward appearance I was supposedly moulding into model citizens — me, with my backwoods upbringing! These boys rejected new outfits and clung stubbornly to their old clothes and street ways. One day they proudly reported having stolen a case of soft drinks from a truck parked in our neighbourhood. The way that they'd been brought up, that theft would've been met with positive approval.

Those were just two of the bottom-of-the-barrel jobs that I had, not without complaint. What else could I do? Alcoholics Anonymous teaches that the natural state of man is restless, irritable, and discontented. Back then, I had forgotten that there was One who invites us to rest and let Him carry the burden of the work. I can't handle it, God. You take over, was the simple prayer that I finally prayed, my soul worn right down to the rubber. Impossible, someone said, is God's favourite word. The second half of today's Scripture asks us to accept His teaching and learn of Him. I began to turn to prayer whenever the police or the social workers were at the door in the middle of the night.

What a relief it is for us to take the route of Charles Albert Tindley's gospel hymn, Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. We human beings were never meant to carry that load.

Prayer: Dear Father God, thank You for the words that Your Son Jesus gave to the multitudes in His day and through them to us. Amidst our major burdens, such as lack of money, old age, pain, and suffering, remind us of the hymn's promise, *He will make a way for You; He will lead You safely through." In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wise words, Rose.

    Thank you, Rose. Great reminder! Blessings!

    God bless you, Rose, and thank you for sharing yet another amazing story about your life. Stay safe.

    I can’t imagine what we would do with Him!
    Have a great day Rose.

    Rose, Thanks for sharing a portion of how God shaped you with us. Can identify with many of your experiences. Blessings.

    What an amazing life you have led! Your husband must’ve chosen his life partner with God’s help!
    Continue writing to encourage and remind others of the many promises in the Bible!
    Bless you,

    Good morning Rose,
    Again, I am astounded at the experiences you have had that has made you who you are today. How fortunate we are that God is in your life and has steered you in the right directions during this whirlwind of events and situations.

    Dear Rose,
    I don’t know anyone with all the experiences you have had and the willingness to share so honestly. Thank you for reminding us to take our load and worries to God and leave them there. Do not take them back which we do automatically. May you enjoy your day.

    Greetings Rose,
    You certainly have done a variety of jobs over time and thankfully the Lord carried you through all that you had to deal with. Having all those children under your care at one time must have been quite a load to manage. Blessings for your strong faith and the very mindful devotionals you submit.

    Good morning dear Rose! So nice to have another contribution from you. I can recognize your Devotionals as I read through.
    As I read this one this morning, trying to imagine the challenges you were dealing with, it did not take me long to say to myself “This one must be from Rose”.
    I did not peak, I wanted until the end and my suspicions were confirmed.
    Many thanks, I love every word you write. It was not until I learned to leave my burdens to the Lord that I finally got inner peace for the first time in my life. Sadly, that was at age 60. Just a few years ago. This makes me think of the lyrics to the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.
    Thank you, dear Rose. May God continue to bless you richly, as you do your readers.
    Praise be to God, always!

    I sure agree.
    My trouble is, taking it back.

    Thank you, Rose, for another teaching from your life. That was a hard one for you, but well-earned.

    Good morning Rose,
    Good devotional. We all have burdens of different kinds, especially right now, and the words of the hymn you cited are certainly good words, “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.” May we all have the desire to do that.
    Thank you for writing.

    Dear Rose,
    I laughed with understanding as I read your devotion. I can relate because for years I worked with teenagers. The important thing here is that “yes” God can turn impossibilities into possibilities. He is so good to carry our burdens as we remember to give them to Him.


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