God will even­tu­ally ease the bur­den you’ve been car­ry­ing

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While bike rid­ing with my fam­ily this past sum­mer on ru­ral roads in Block Is­land; the un­spoiled ter­rains, the rolling green fields and pas­toral farms were breath­tak­ing. We stopped for a mo­ment to take some pho­to­graphs of a charm­ing light­house with views rolling down to the sparkling, pris­tine ocean. Then, we got back on our bikes and ped­dled for miles on a road that ran along a rocky cliff-side path. And, there, we saw an abun­dance of plants and wildlife.

To my left, I no­ticed some trees dam­aged from a past storm. At that mo­ment, I re­called an old le­gion I once heard about a pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane that came through a dense for­est. As the great wind blew, it took all the beau­ti­ful leaves off a pic­turesque grand oak tree. The storm snapped the tree’s boughs. It broke each branch in two. It shook its limbs and pulled its bark un­til the oak tree was stark and weak.

Nev­er­the­less, the mighty oak held its ground. In a loud voice, the wild wind spoke, “How can you still be stand­ing, Mr. Oak?”

Yet, the oak calmly replied, “I have deep roots that are stretched into the good earth. You will never touch them,” the oak said. “For you see, Mr. Wind, to­day I have found out just how much I can en­dure, and with thanks to you, I am stronger than I ever knew.”

As long as we live in this world, we are bound to en­counter prob­lems. The storms we ex­pe­ri­ence cer­tainly may not cease dear read­ers. But by the grace of God, we can choose to per­se­vere, rise above, be­come stronger, and learn from them.

You do not have to worry. God is in con­trol of your sit­u­a­tion. I re­call while in a lo­cal depart­ment store, I no­ticed the cashiers wore bright yel­low-colored T-shirts. On the back of the shirts it read: “I’m here to help you.” That’s what God is say­ing to you to­day, “Look to me… I’m here to help you.”

Stand strong. Let go of the past hurts, er­rors, and break away from any­thing that is weigh­ing you down. God wants to do mighty things for you. And His di­vine plan is not dis­re­garded be­cause of what some­one said about you, a closed door or a past mis­take. You were never meant to han­dle ev­ery­thing on your own.

Scrip­ture says, “Turn your bur­dens over to the Lord, and

He will take care of you. He will never let the right­eous per­son stum­ble.” (Psalm 55:22). For God prom­ises that if you do this, that His peace, that sur­passes all un­der­stand­ing, will flood your mind as you put your trust in Him. (Philip­pi­ans 4:7).

There­fore, form a pic­ture in your mind of your­self shift­ing your bur­dens to God. Hand them over to Him. Let God han­dle them. When you re­lease your ap­pre­hen­sions, fears, and bur­dens to God, you can make room for new dreams, new joys, and new bless­ing to fill your fu­ture. So, daily:

• Pray about chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions, in place of wor­ry­ing about them.

• Set your mind on the power of God, in­stead of your prob­lems.

• Dwell on en­cour­ag­ing, up­lift­ing thoughts, rather than the neg­a­tive.

• Talk about your bless­ings, more than you con­verse about your wor­ries.

• Move ahead with faith, rather than be­ing stag­nated in fear.

You are not go­ing to con­tin­u­ally strug­gle. You’ve wor­ried long enough. God is go­ing to ease that bur­den that you’ve been car­ry­ing. In the Old Tes­ta­ment, it tells how King Ne­buchad­nez­zar threw Shadrach, Me­shach and Abed­nego in a fiery fur­nace since they stood up for truth, did what was right and wouldn’t bow down to an im­age of gold. On the sur­face, it ap­peared as their sit­u­a­tion was hope­less. But they re­lied on God to give them strength, and be­lieved for Him to do the im­pos­si­ble.

Shadrach, Me­shach and Abed­nego said to the king, “O Ne­buchad­nez­zar, we do not need to de­fend our­selves be­fore you in this mat­ter. If we are thrown into the blaz­ing fur­nace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will res­cue us from your hand, O king.” (Daniel 3:16-17).

God hon­ored their faith, and they emerged from the fur­nace un­harmed. Ne­buchad­nez­zar then set them free, and he de­clared the great­ness of their God.

So if you have found your­self bur­dened down, anx­ious, or scared about any area of your life, the God of mir­a­cles is here for you. No mat­ter what you’ve been through, what you are go­ing through now, or how small or large your needs may be, don’t get dis­cour­aged. It’s time to re­sist fear and worry and look to every new bless­ing that’s in store for you.

A reader wrote, “Noth­ing is too big for God to make pos­si­ble.” God’s spe­cialty is do­ing the im­pos­si­ble. For God is get­ting you ready to take you into one of the best times of your life. You are about to be brought to a place of joy, peace and sta­bil­ity. Your hurts will be healed. You’ll be­come in­creas­ingly strong. Prayers will be an­swered. The anx­ious­ness will leave you, and you will be­come calm, en­er­getic and joy­ful. You’re on your way to great health, suc­cess and hap­pi­ness.

To­day, “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24). Hence, “Cast all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.” (I Peter 5:7).

The sky is truly the limit where you are con­cerned. It is not over for you for any­thing. You have a lot of time and lots for which to look for­ward. Only the best awaits.

God is here for you. Every day, He is shield­ing, de­fend­ing, de­liv­er­ing, and lead­ing the way to vic­tory.

A New You CATHERINE GALASSO-VIGORITO

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