Leaning on the Rock, Jesus, over stumbling along in life, is the best response to a backpack of rocks.
Hebrews 10:15 -
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[b]
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”[c]
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
A Call to Persevere in Faith
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Spur each other on to good things, be a truth sayer, but we are not called to hold anothers suitcase of rocks. We can be a helper not enabler to those we love.
Picture this: You find a guy or gal walking along the trail of life. He / she has opportunities to choose to pick up gems of hope, joy, opportunity, love, compassion and peace. Those opportunities may be like picking up light weight beautiful, unique geological rocks that bring a sense of happy moments,. It is bliss as the person walks lightly maybe even skips as they sing a song of praise.
Ah, yes, life can be full of joy. We can have bumps on the trail but we hop right over the extended tree roots or loose gravel and still keep hiking up the trail.
You see, we consider the joy at the mountain top. Seeing the sun rise or fall as another day begins or ends is our reward for using the tools of right choice. Plus we have our Jesus with us as we sing, or consider His scripture. His word prompts us to keep walking.
What if instead, we choose to start the trail with an empty backpack. We may choose the rocks of bitterness, despair, anxiety maybe as a bigger boulder. You may start to place heavier items in your backpack.
You seek the world’s idea of pleasure, take your pick of the items: materialism, pride, alcohol, drugs, porn, food, whatever. The things you thought brought temporary pleasure are now huge, heavy burdens that cause your back to ache, your body to be exhausted and your mind to loose focus.
You started off with the mindset of reaching the top of the mountain. Ah, the sights you hoped to see were the vistas in the distance, the valleys below and sunshine to bring warmth to your soul. It was the plan to stay on the trail and fix your eyes on the summit and Jesus.
What happened? Where did the detour occur? Did you make the choice of pain or was it made for you? Either way, you must fight for a new trail and mountain top experience.
You can allow the backpack filled with rocks, heavy boulders to be emptied. The thing is you need a heavy lifter to help you unzip the backpack, hold the tissue as you grieve and let loose of the shame and guilt from the past.
His name is Jesus, He is the lifter of your head. He knows all about you. He wants to help you see yourself the way He does.
Do you want to be free of the heavy burdens? Life is not always easy, but He will be with you if you ask Him. Do you want to dump the backpack of the past?
Then lean on Him. Seek a family of believers who want to show you Jesus and His ways. Get you eyes on the Bible. Pray for Him the show you where to start.
There are many groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon( for those who love someone in addiction), Celebrate Recovery, Life Recovery and Sunrise. Any of these programs will draw you to a new life with your Higher Power, Jesus is awaiting.
I loved this song by David Crowder ft. Riley Clemmons,, ” I’m Leaning on You” so timely!!!!
Riley Clemmons adds a great harmony. Lean on Him alone and be ready for a new Life.
Dump the backpack of rocks and race to the summit there is a new sunrise awaiting.