Almost every home has got one: a drawer or a laundry basket that is full of mismatched socks. This basket or drawer is always there in the back of our minds just waiting for us to break down and dig through it to try to find its long lost inhabitants a mate. It is a pest, a black cloud of deficiency that really never escapes your thoughts. As you sit down from a hard day’s work, it is peering out at you from its perch and reminds you that you still have something left to do. Today, this burdensome nuisance has left my home. I picked up my basket full of incompatible socks, did one last searching for mates, and I threw the rest away. It was liberating. The beast has been conquered and I could go about my daily routine without worrying about the basket lurking in my laundry room. I have been set free.
Our Christian lives can sometimes be stuffed full of things that really need to be tossed away and forgotten, too. We harbor up pains and regrets in our souls and our minds and never really let go. When we think we have these thoughts under control and begin to find peace, the quietness of our minds wake these hurts up from a long, deep sleep. How do we get rid of these feelings? How do we allow these feelings to escape our thoughts so we can live a Christian life with no regrets? How do we put one foot in front of the other living to serve the Lord the best way we can with no burdensome regrets? We give them away. David writes in Psalms 55:22, “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you.” Giving over stress is a hard thing to do. We sit with it, chew on it, and allow it to fester into something too big to handle on our own. We need to get into the practice of discarding this unwanted emotion from our souls, giving it to God, and walking away. We must set ourselves free. God tells us in His word that if we shed our affliction onto Him, He will give us strength in this life.
In order for us to give these burdens away, we must practice each and every day the art of never looking back. When we go to our Father in prayer, we must picture ourselves placing the burden at the foot of His throne, and walking away and leaving there. We are not allowed to turn around and make sure He got it. Our worry should end when the burden hits His feet. Our worry should end when we fall to our knees. The stress will soon vanish, and it will no longer sneak up on you when you think everything else in your life is in order. Pick up your basket of cares, open your drawer full of woes, cast them at the feet of your Father, and allow yourself to be set free.