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the burdens of life

November 17, 2008

I have mice.  In my mind, there are few things that are more disgusting than some kind of creature running around your home while you sleep peacefully in bed, blissfully unaware.  Unless it would be, fitfully sleeping and waking up at every scratching noise because you know the rodent is out there… somewhere.

So today, busy and tired from lots of administrative work, weary from spending so much time trying to eliminate these pests, I took a break to catch up on the Mahaney girls’ blog.  And here is what I read:

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” Psalm 37:5-6

“Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord. Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy cares; in fact, submit the whole tenor of thy way to him. Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all….The ploughman sows and harrows, and then leaves the harvest to God. What can he do else? He cannot cover the heavens with clouds, or command the rain, or bring forth the sun or create the dew. He does well to leave the whole matter with God; and so to all of us it is truest wisdom, having obediently trusted in God, to leave results in his hands and expect a blessed issue.”  – Charles Spurgeon

May I paraphrase this way:  Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord.  Don’t just give him your worries over the mice (or _____) but your whole life and heart – past, future, present.  Accept the fact that you can’t figure out everything – let God be your wisdom.  Although you set traps, and set out poison pellets; although you put all your food in bins and never leave dishes in the sink; although you wash and scrub and clorox and bleach; it is God who removes the mice from your home, it is God who governs their little lives.  It is for me only to set traps, wash my hands and expect that the Lord will bless my trust in him.  And rain justice on the stealing, desecrating little beasts, of course…

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