PICKING UP ROCKS
MATHEW 11:29—Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.
For MY YOKE IS EASY AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT.
Hebrews 4:16—Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may RECEIVE MERCY and GRACE to help us in our time of need.
We have a small indoor arena. I am very grateful to have this arena because in the winter I can get out of the weather and in the summer I can get out of the sun. However, the more I work the ground in there the more the rocks are coming to the surface. I walk around in there with a stall fork and pick up rocks by the hour. It is a mindless task that gives me a lot of time to think and talk to God.
I have a coat with very large pockets. I love this coat because I can carry a multitude of things in these pockets to and from the barn. As I pick up the rocks in the arena I put them in my pocket and when the pocket gets full and too heavy I empty the rocks into a bucket. When the bucket is full we empty the bucket.
The other day as I was picking up the rocks the Lord started speaking to my heart. What He told me was this: The rocks represent our lives. Picking up the rocks represents the issues (fear, hate, jealously) and sin that we have to dig around in the dirt of our lives to find and unearth. It will be anything that keeps us from the Lord. Some of the rocks I pick up are really covered in muck and dirty. Some of the stuff in our lives that keep us from God is the same way. When we do finally realize what the problem may be we put it in our pocket and carry it around with us awhile thinking we can solve or resolve it ourselves. When the problems accumulate they become a huge burden and start to weigh us down. It is usually then and only then when we can stand the burden no longer that we take it to the Lord.
What we really need to do is take those rocks one by one (sins, problems or whatever the matter may be) and give them to the Lord. We need to go to the cross and literally empty our pockets!
Sometimes when I am in the arena I may pick up only one or two rocks. I put them in my pocket and carry them around awhile. I don’t realize they are there until later. Sometimes it takes a day or two before I reach into my pocket and find them hiding way down at the bottom. Problems can do this to. We may shove it aside and think to ourselves that we will take care of it later. The enemy will wait until the opportunity is perfect to bring it up and blow it all out of proportion. What was a small issue suddenly starts to take over our life. If we would have just used a little common sense and given it to the Lord right off the bat it would be a non-issue.
Our problem as humans is we think we can handle it. Without knowing it we are really insulting and hurting our Father who loves us. He wants nothing more than for us to come to Him on a daily basis and talk to Him and give our problems to Him. Admit our failings to Him. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. I don’t know why we think we are smarter than God or more powerful or why we don’t want to bother him. It is almost like we think we can fool him. Let me tell you something. God knows every rock in the dirt of our lives. He knows it before it is dug up. So we may as well just get down in the dirt, dig up those rocks and give them up. Just as God’s word says we will receive mercy and grace and our burden will be light.