Do you ever have moments in time when you feel weight on your head and shoulders pressing you down? If what you were experiencing became a physical manifestation it would seem as if a steamroller were rolling you over, or maybe a huge boulder had been placed upon your head and it was gradually pressing you into the ground below? Sometimes there is a sense of darkness or foreboding that looms overhead and you sense a feeling of impending doom. Have you ever really given thought to where those feelings come from? We all experience them. It is a universal sensing. Have you ever thought that they could be of the spiritual?
There are days that I feel like this. I just want to run and hide under the blankets in my bed and never come out. I want to find a small, dark room, and close the door, lock it, and hide away forever. I want to snuggle so close to my husband (unless he is the source of distress) that I actually am enfolded inside of him.
Jesus understood completely why we feel this. It is the very reason He came to die on a cross and be raised again. We have forgiveness of sins when we believe and are baptized in Him. When we are in Him, even though we have to live in this world, we are no longer of this world. This world that is subject to burden and strife and delusion and lies and heavy burdens. Oh the weight!
Jesus said, “Come to ME all who are heavy-burdened and I will give you rest.”
Jesus wants us to hide under the shelter of His wing. He is our fortress and strong tower. Do not run to a place that cannot save and protect you. Blankets and small rooms will eventually wear out, but the Word of God stands forever. Rest in the shelter of the Almighty God. In Him is strength and power in time of need. He is our loving and gentle Heavenly Father. When we hide in Him we actually stand on a Rock, not hide under it. Wouldn’t you rather have a Rock under you in times of distress, than over you?
On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.
Abba, as your little child, I am often afraid and sore-pressed. The enemy wants me to think I have sinned too much, or fallen too far away to ever be restored to You. Lies! The weight of my sins and other’s sins press in fast and furious at times. I sometimes feel as if I am being swept away in a flood or being burned in a fire. You promise to be with me in the flood and fire, Lord Jesus. I cling to You, my Rock and my Deliverer. Amen