Carrying the World, Rushing Through Life

Monday September 10, 2012

“How are you?”
“Fine. Busy!”

I must confess, I hear that – or say it – more than a few times a week.

And why?
What for?

Sometimes it seems like busyness is a badge of honor in today’s culture. Like we have no worth without the never-ending list of things that bring us stress.

I have to say, there have been times I’ve felt just like Atlas, bearing the world on my shoulders.

And I rarely realize that this burden is one of my own choosing. So much that I take on is not my business at all. I search scripture, and I can’t find one single verse that tells me I won’t be a good wife or mother unless I worry about my family. Not one.

What does His word tell me to do?

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, ESV).

How do I seek his kingdom? By knowing Him.

And when I have Him in my sights, what do I find?

The picture of me struggling to bear the world on my shoulders vanishes in the face of His calm, His peace. It streams from Him as He stands, easily holding the world in one hand. His hand, not mine.

The world in His hand, my faith in Him.
The best place to be.

All that energy I use as I struggle to carry the world? Take it, Lord, and direct it toward knowing You.

Joining Laura, Jen, and Michelle with words from the heart.


Joanne Sher said...

Ohhh yes! Great post, Laura.

Alicia said...

I used to sing it as a child in Sunday School... "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Wonder why once I became an adult I struggle to leave it there---right in His hands, not mine? Great post. I'm stopping in from SDG tonight.

Jerralea said...

I think you are right, Laura. We do wear our busyness as a badge of honor.

Too bad we don't see that being like Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus, is better in His sight!

Courtney said...

Isn't this the truth? We do wear our busyness as a badge - I do, for sure. I'm going to think twice about giving that answer with a roll of the eyes/weak smile again, "Busy!" It is of my own doing and it's not how God asks me to live. Thank you for the gentle nudge :)

Laura said...

Guilty. As charged. In fact, I hate to hear myself saying this! It seems so self-indulgent. Who do I think I am, anyway? Seeking the kingdom first...this verse needs to be tied to my forehead. Good thoughts here, Laura.

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