Let’s Lift That Load

 

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s heaven for?”
~ Browning

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Please do something for yourself. Pull a long piece of hair from your head and hang on to it for a minute. If your hair is really short pull out someone else’s. (hehe) Got it? Come on, I’ll wait – we will come back to it and you will need it.  But first, I would love to take your hand and walk you briefly through a very heavy period in my life. Then, I will share the comfort God gave to me, hoping that it helps lift whatever weight is bearing on your shoulders.

Ready? Let’s lift that load. (♥1)

As some of you know, I wrote in a previous blog (https://blrauzi.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/my-childs-hand/ ) about the day I came down with Bell’s Palsy – the day the left side of my face suddenly lost all movement (I have since had some recovery).

That above mentioned day actually turned into a very long year – a year in which the doctors told me I would have permanent damage to my 7th cranial facial nerve and the degree of my recovery would not really be known until after 12 months.
That was not a good thing to say to me.
All I could think about was that word permanent.
Permanent facial droop. Permanent taping of my eyelid at night. Permant feeling of sadness when I smiled. Permanent holding back laughter because of how I looked. Permanent loss of identity.

I was so depressed. I recall waking up every morning realizing I had to “face” the “ugly” trial. Every day I cried – for a whole year – literally. I even slept with my bible so that when I woke up feeling depressed, I’d have it near.

So when, with heavy mind, I read this verse,  “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our
light
affliction, which is but for a moment…………” (♥2),
I paused because the word
“light”
stood out to me –

a lot.

This trial light? Ha! Riiiight.
I wanted to quit reading.

But instead of my mind shutting completely down, these words of Jesus surfaced,
“Come unto me all you that are heavy burdened….for My yoke is …light.”(♥3)

What was heavy, my burden; what was light, His.

So I opened the Corinthians passage again, but this time I noticed all the other words I hadn’t before: “Our light momentary affliction………works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory(♥4), while we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen.

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This time when I read it, it seemed that with each powerful syllable,

God was drawing my vision away {{in rhythmic jolts}}
far..more…ex…cee….ding….and e…ter…nal….weight… of…glo…ry –

from looking through what was really an electron microscope at my problems,
to looking through a mega telescope so I could see
So… Much… More.

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Now I am a very visual person, so an image came to mind as my focus changed from “micro” to “tele” scope that gave me peace. Here it is for you:
So, remember the piece of hair you should 🙂 have in your fingers? Now hold it up high in front of you and imagine eternal space. To the left of the hair is eternity past with no beginning and to the right eternity future, with no end.

There is just the weight of forever and ever.

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Now imagine that the light piece of hair is your life, and within that life is your current difficulty. That earthly existence, as important as it is, is momentarily intersecting eternal space and unending life. With that perspective, the hair is now small,
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It is a blip in the humongous expanse before us.
It is a small line passing through so much more.
It is passing through all the beautiful nebulas, stars, planets and galaxies.
I imagine the weight of that universe, the heavy distance my mind cannot even measure…

….and beyond that I imagine heaven,
the huge, wide, vast There,
where the things unseen quickly shrink the things seen, to a mere toy-like model.

And then,
HE is right before me, face to face.

Suddenly I am captivated. I am in awe and that heavy weight that
was
pushing. my. shoulders. down,

now
feels easy and light.
And I hear Him say with lowly heart, “Learn of Me…..and you shall find rest for your soul…..” Tears come to my eyes as I exhale, “Be thou my vision.”

“There is a place where fear has to face the God you know.”(♥5)

When He tells us that He is working our “light affliction” into an “eternal weight of splendor” (♥5), we can by faith wait with anticipation to what that treasure WILL be. We know we will come out better on the other side – and we will know Him better too.

Because eternity is not just in the expansive future,
eternity includes where He is now (♥6) – IN this light moment with me and with you.

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“Lift up your eyes on high and see:

who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
and because he is strong in power,
not one is missing. Why do you say,
[put your name here],

and speak,
O [your name],

“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”(♥7)

I hope you feel much lighter.

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EXTRAS:
♥1)”That we may be able to comfort the who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves were comforted of God.”

♥2) 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Affliction = from the Greek word, thlipsis, “carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape”.

♥3) Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

♥4) Glory = from the Greek word, doxa, – “honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor. convey God’s infinite, intrinsic worth (substance, essence).”

♥5) From, Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns:

♥6) Eternal = from the Greek word aiṓnios – “life operates simultaneously outside of time, inside of time, and beyond time – i.e. what gives time its everlasting meaning for the believer through faith, yet is also time-independent. [Eternal] does not focus on the future per se, but rather on the quality of the age.  Thus believers live in ‘eternal (aiṓnios) life’ right now, experiencing this quality of God’s life now as a present possession.”

♥7) Isaiah 40:26-31

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

4 thoughts on “Let’s Lift That Load

  1. Theresa Rypstra says:

    Thanks for sharing Lori. Great perspectictive in light of eternity!
    Theresa

  2. Faith L. says:

    This post made me cry, it is everything I need right now. Thank you so, so much for sharing this. Just when I was about to give up on doctors not being able to help me. Big hugs, xo

  3. walksinglory says:

    Faith, I feel blessed that it touched you in a deep way. Hope you can crawl in His lap and be comforted. Prayers for your health going up now ❤

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