Devotional from Leah Pederson

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This Sunday I wasn’t super happy about going to church. I’ve been wrestling with a lot of disappointments and worries and I wouldn’t say I was upset with God, but I simply couldn’t understand why I was going through the things that I am. It’s been affecting how I pray and worship and my faith felt low and honestly, I was surprised I got out of bed to make it in time. Pastor Drew mentioned this Psalm that really hit me like a ton of bricks and as I sat through his message with weary eyes, it was what I was holding on to the most. Psalm 55:22 says “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you”. I started to think of the word “sustain” in that verse’s context. It means to strengthen or support physically or mentally. Physically, I have been unwell, and mentally, I feel insanely heavy. I’m desperate for that feeling of being sustained. I began to visualize my God as a loyal friend, a protective mother, and a supportive spouse. It encouraged me to truly lean on Him more than I have in my entire life. I can’t control a number of things, so I might as well hand them over to the ultimate healer. Are you taking on heavy burdens? Are you at a breaking point? Though it may be hard to fathom, the promise of God is faithful and He has never forsaken you and never will. Lean into His promise and you will be surprised how instantaneously you will feel relief. He doesn’t promise an easy life, but He is a well to all who are thirsty.