Daily Devotional for May 25, 2021

This spring has been filled with weird weather.  Ten days ago, a tornado uprooted large trees on our  fence line and destroyed a boat.  And while we got out relatively unscathed, our neighbors were not so lucky.
It has been so wet, I cannot get the equipment into this low lying field to remove the trees and repair the fence.

In addition, the never ending rains have washed out a major portion of the road adjacent to our barn.

 It has reached the point where I have to put my truck into four wheel drive just to leave my house.  The ground has become so saturated, the gravel trucks can’t get into the pits to deliver more material to repair the road.  Also, my tanks are overflowing to the point where I am beginning to see the impact of erosion.
It has rained so hard, for so long, I feel like I am living in Seattle, Washington.

But having said that, I refuse to complain about all the water.  That’s because I can still remember how bad it was in 2011.  It was the driest year ever for Texas.  The devastating  drought was so severe, there was a critical shortage of hay and ranchers were forced to sell off large sections of their herds just to survive.

I also refuse to complain because I know August is coming.  And as I work in the sweltering heat, I will look back fondly at the cooling rains of this past month.
Throughout the ups and downs of life, I have come to realize the passage of time allows me to see a bigger picture.  Most of the pains, challenges, and heartaches that seem so overwhelming, in time, are not.  Time gives me a bigger perspective.  But this does not mean time is a cure-all.

There are some who say time heals all wounds.  That is not true.

While time can allow us the ability to process what has happened, time, in and of itself, cannot heal.  Those who say time heals all wounds are wrong.  It is certainly not biblical.

I hope that you are in a very good place in your life.  But if you are experiencing the heaviness of life, know there is a way to heal.  Give it to God.

Whatever clouds your life – give it to God.
Whatever hurt you carry – give it to God.
Whatever pain you are experiencing – give it to God.
Whatever bitterness you cannot set down – give it to God.
Whatever anger continually creeps into your mind – give it to God.
Whatever burden you carry – give it to God.

This is what Jesus meant by saying, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”   (Matthew 11:28)

As you face the rains of life, give your hurt to the only One who can carry your pain and give you peace.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, today I choose to give you the burdens I can no longer carry.  Help me to be the person you created me to be and allow me to help others with their burdens.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

I won’t complain about the tsunami we have been experiencing these last few weeks because I know August is coming.  That gives me the perspective this too shall pass.  But no matter what, God is always good.  That’s where true healing comes from.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins