Are heavy burdens weighing on your heart? Do you feel crushed beneath the weight of too many unanswered questions? Are you worn and frayed around the edges from a long, wearying journey with no end in sight? Then this post is just for you. I join you, dear friend, as one who is seeking for God’s guidance and light every single day. May I share with you a simple, but important, word that our Father has given me? I consider it a powerful lifeline.
I was finishing a walk with my dog, Sophie, one day when I heard the Father breathe this powerful gift to me. I had been prayerfully mulling over the heavy weight of my responsibility in a particular area of relationship. I had no easy answers, no quick fixes, and it felt there could be no life-giving, healthy outcome. I knew I needed to handle it carefully and under God’s guidance, but I still wasn’t sure of where God was leading.
My eyes were fastened on the ground, watching the road for debris that might turn my ankle, when I heard Him whisper within my heart:
“You don’t have to figure it out. Just keep walking with Me. I’ll tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it.”
A mountain of burdens rolled off my shoulders. I immediately felt my entire body straighten up, and I looked up into the beautiful blue sky. Huge waves of relief crashed over me, and a peace and comfort filled me.
God seems to have created me with a mind that often tries to figure things out. My mind routinely wonders, “But how does that work, and why?” I have always loved reading mystery books because my mind frequently recognizes important “clues” to the issues of life, and holds onto those “clues” until more information is given. God also gave me the teaching gift, and a teacher is one who must not only understand for themselves, but they must also find a way to relate that information to minds that do not necessarily think like they do. God used it to lead me from extreme brokenness into greater health and more truth. It has also given me a sober sense of responsibility before the Lord to handle the more complicated issues with as much of His wisdom, guidance, and discernment as I can.
But figuring things out can be an unending task master. It can lead to great periods of disappointment, frustration, and even disillusionment. Over the past seven months, I have walked through some intensely difficult situations that were long and difficult. I frequently didn’t have a sense of discernment about how the big situation would resolve. No, I was left with only enough light for that one day. Unanswered questions continue to stack up in my life even as I write this. But this one tool has made a huge difference to me since He first whispered it to me in October. It comforts me when there are still no answers and time seems to be running out. It comforts me when the situation looks bleak and promises nothing but heartache. And I’ve learned that it has saved me from knowing too much, too quickly, when I really would have lost heart, and possibly my emotional stability. I know I have a breaking point, and I’ve walked perilously close to it over recent weeks.
Hear it now, sweet friend. Let Him whisper it over you and breathe it into the heavy burdens in your own heart. It won’t give you ALL the answers you are searching for, but He guarantees to give them one at a time, as you walk with Him, in His timing. The responsibility for how this situation ends is God’s responsibility, not yours. It is HIS job to care for the world, and every one of us in it, including the one that troubles you. He doesn’t take His job lightly, but He does mete out answers one day at a time. Don’t carry these burdens yourself. Take His words to heart and let Him stir them as a reminder to you day after day after day. “You don’t have to figure it out. Just keep walking with Me. I’ll tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it.”
(This is the plaque I had engraved to help me keep this truth before me.)