At 4:30 AM on January 17th, 1994, I awoke suddenly to the rumbling sound of the largest earthquake I had ever experienced. I tried to run across the floor of my bedroom to brace myself in the doorway, but my progress was hampered by the movement of the floor rolling. I made it to the doorway and rode it out safely.
The 1994 Northridge Earthquake clocked in at 6.7 magnitude. Our house was fine after a few repairs, but there was so much destruction just miles away. My university suffered a great deal of damage. I often walked by a campus parking garage that had ended up slumping over after the earthquake, not flexible enough to withstand the force of the earthquake. It didn’t have a sturdy enough frame to stand under all that burden.
Life isn’t perfect, and we all have our problems. But sometimes our burdens knock us over, and we are unable to stand anymore. What can we do then?
We don’t have to bear our burdens alone! We often act like we are on our own when it comes to fixing what is wrong. We scramble to seize control of the situation and don’t wait for answers to prayer. We don’t seek advice from wise and/or experienced people. We struggle against what God might be teaching us through this and instead just try to stop, numb, or ease the pain.
Here are beautiful verses that speak to being able to stand up again.
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Psalm 145:14 NASB “The Lord supports all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.”
Psalm 55:22 NIV “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
Our help to go from shaken to standing again comes from the Lord as we trust Him with our burdens. He will sustain us, give us rest, and raise us up. But we must let go of our burden, over our authority of trying to fix circumstances where we have no control. Trust Him to work it out for His purposes.
Lord, there are days when my strength is shaken and my burdens feel heavy. Help me to hand over my burdens to you. Thank you for helping me stand up again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.