“Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
This scripture has spoken to me for a while now and is quite sufficient for direction when I am looking for answers and guidance. Carrying one another’s burdens is very practical and you will know what you can and cannot do, but we can always carry each others burdens to the Lord. Cast all your care upon me, He says.
The burdens and cares that the Lord lifted from my loved ones during July, for which I rejoice, are these:
Healthy birth of baby K.
That D’s back has remained strong and healed since hands laid on at the end of May.
That J’s surgery successful and is back home full of praise and with a new song.
For a blessed family holiday together with grandchildren.
For J’s A for his dissertation and that he is settled, fully-funded PHD ahead and finally in a very good place.
That J got a place on the course he wanted.
That I managed to speak to an authority in the park and safety was ensured and a duckling rescued!
That L secured herself a job she wanted.
That I has had a very good month and is feeling strong.
That Z and L both got 1st-class degrees.
That some wanderers returned and newcomers to AA.
That eased restrictions saw 50 back in church at end of July, with opening plans moving forward.
That our pre-school’s Ofsted visit was favourable and the venue got the necessary ‘all clear’.
Lord, for all those specific answers to spoken prayers I praise and thank You. I thank and praise You also for all the answers to unspoken prayers of the heart and for your interventions that I haven’t noticed or have taken for granted. Thank You for Your constant presence and Your faithfulness.
Another verse has challenged me during July – it grabbed my attention as it mentions the importance of “speaking out” and I have been on that theme for a few months now. These are the words of Jesus Himself, and so I say an enthusiastic and desperately excited Amen to the words, but there is part of my heart that doubts my own faith. This verse is:
“Everything you pray for with the fullness of faith you will receive… if you do not doubt God’s power and speak out of faith’s fullness.” (Matthew 21:21)
Sometimes doubt does hold me back from speaking out a faith-filled prayer even, but when I over-ride the doubts and speak out a prayer, faith floods my shaky heart and I receive God’s peace.
I’m reminded of the friends who carried the ‘paralysed man’ to Jesus… I often imagine them questioning their actions – such audacious perseverance, taking the roof off, pushing their way in, what a cheek! What if Jesus is too busy, not interested or won’t do it? But they stood in the gap for their friend, they persevered and they pushed through until Jesus healed their friend.
So keep believing for your family, neighbours and friends; keep standing in the gap for them, bringing them to Jesus with the faith He gave to you. Keep believing that after night, the morning will come; after the drought, the rains will come and there will be a harvest. Be ready to gather the harvest and to rejoice with the harvesters.