Have you been in a place where you were pressed by way too many needs? Worried about the outcome of something in your life? Wondering how in the world it will turn out?
I’ve definitely been there. Mine came most heavily after Dan died. I was not just crushed by grief but also overwhelmed with the immense task ahead of me. Dan and I had entered this parenting thing together and I could not imagine raising seven kids without him. Teen boys that needed a strong dad, a little boy just coming into his own and our littlest girl who was just starting to know her dad.
On top of all that, Dan’s death brought with it lots of paperwork. I had so many decisions to make, forms to complete, errands to run, calls to make, accounts to set up or close, people to meet with, issues to manage.
But in the midst of life happening hard and fast, God was speaking strong and clear. I seemed to be in constant conversation with Him. He would often bring an old verse to mind and open my eyes to a whole new truth I had never seen before.
One day, I was alone in the car running errands. All kinds of thoughts and emotions coursed through my mind. But in the midst of my worry over the huge tasks on my plate and the grief we were trying to process, God brought to my mind the story of the paralyzed man, whose four friends put him on a mat and took him to Jesus for healing.
Jesus was teaching in a house, but it was so full, the friends couldn’t get in. So the friends went up on the housetop, cut a hole in the roof and lowered the man to the ground right in front of Jesus and the gathered crowd. Now the friends had brought the man for physical healing, but to the astonishment of the scribes and Pharisees in the room, Jesus told the paralyzed man his sins were forgiven. Blasphemy! they thought.
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, asked them which was easier. “To say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you’ or ‘Rise up and walk?'” Luke 5:22-23
Which is easier? Forgiveness or taking care of what seems like the impossible to us?
This side of the cross, we know Jesus forgives sin. Most of the time, that’s the first thing that draws us to Him. We come to Him and fully trust that our sins are forgiven. But then we worry and wring our hands when life crashes around us and we find ourselves with pressing needs we can’t fix.
I had already trusted Jesus with my eternity. Why would I fret over the other stuff? Which was easier — to forgive my sin or take care of my need? I suddenly realized that the bills and estate work and decisions and raising seven kids to adulthood? That was easy for God.
The same God who forgives us is the same God who will provide for us.
What is worrying you? What is the thing that seems unsolvable or insurmountable? Whatever it is — it is easy for God.
Tangled messes. Deep hurt. Huge loss or grief. Circumstances with little hope. God, who is trustworthy and true with our eternity, is trustworthy with every single circumstance this side of heaven. That is truth we can rest in.
Edited to add: After writing this, I remembered that when I came home and told my kids this truth God had taught me, my oldest son said God had brought this exact story to his mind with a different lesson. Neither of us can remember now what God revealed to him then, but what an awesome, Sovereign God who sent both of us the same story on the same day with such individual application. God is good. In every single detail.
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