Reeling It In
Name: Morgan Cooper
BFR Kids Coordinator and Blogger
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. Micah 7:18 (NIV)
Casting all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
When I was about 14 years old, I went hiking with some friends. We were told to find a rock before we began our hike. I, of course, found one of the biggest rocks. Pretty proud of my large rock, we were then told to put them in our backpack and head to the top. At first, it was not that heavy, but as we continued our five and a half mile hike, it started to get heavier and heavier. We took turns carrying each other’s bags and finally made it to the top! We were, then, given an opportunity to write down our burdens on our rock. We truly understood what it meant to be loaded down with the burdens of life. A burden is a heavy load that God does not intend for us to carry around on our own. In order for us to truly grow in our faith, we must get rid of the sin in our life, so that we may live in true freedom and victory. We, then, got rid of our burdens, and one by one, threw them off of the side of the mountain. I will never forget the hike back down the mountain as we returned free of the things that were weighing us down – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. There is healing in casting all of your cares, worries, frustrations, struggles, disappointments, guilt and sins to Jesus. Once we give them to Him, they are no longer ours to fix or worry over. So many times, we give our struggles to God, and then decide to reel them in ourselves and continue to allow them to weigh us down. We need to put them at the end of our fishing line, give the fishing pole to God and allow Him to cast them to the very depths of the sea, never to be reeled in or remembered again. They are His, and we must not reel them in in order to live in true freedom and victory.
Put Into Action: Take some time to write down your burdens on a piece of paper and pray over them. Find freedom in true repentance by ripping the paper up and throwing it away. Cast your burdens and allow God to restore you, so you do not need to reel it back in.
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