Mar 17, 2024 | Writer's Blog | 0 comments

Have you ever put a large load of laundry into the washing machine and have it rumble, rattle, and roll? If so, you know what “troubled” means! That machine is not going to settle down and run smoothly until the load is readjusted, balanced, or perhaps lessened. Likewise, we ourselves sometimes need to “offload” some of what we carry. These are troubling times.

The Greek word “to trouble” is tarássō, meaning to put in motion, to agitate back-and-forth, or shake to-and-fro. It can mean to set in motion what needs to remain still or at ease. It’s means to agitate, causing inner perplexity from getting too stirred up inside. Hmm, sounds like my overloaded washing machine!

When He was on this earth, Jesus Himself knew what it was to be agitated in heart and spirit. The same God/Man who said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” (John 14:27b NKJV ) was Himself troubled. “When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” (John 13:21 NKJV)

The same one who declared, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled…” (Matthew 24:6a NKJV) was deeply distressed when the time of His death was drawing near. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (John 12: 27,28a NIV)

Jesus’ response when he was deeply troubled was to surrender even more fully to His Father. Likewise, we can also surrender our overburdened minds and souls to Christ, our great High Priest, who sympathizes with our weaknesses. (Hebrews 4:15)

Like overloaded washing machines, our souls will not function well when carrying loads too heavy for them. We are not wired for the barrage of news we hear every day. Paired with our everyday personal and relational anxieties, it can all become too much. If we have exposed our souls to more angst than we have the mercy to carry and the faith to intercede for, we need to let it go. We can carry a portion of the burdens of this world but not the whole of it. We’re not built for it. However, what we CAN carry is His glory and shine brightly in this dark world, as we cry out, “Father, glorify Your name!”

Pray with me: Father, I surrender every heavy load to you today. Help me to carry only what You have assigned for me and let go of the rest. Enable my heart and mind to be readjusted so that I can be free to carry Your glory.

~ Janet Mueller, writer
~ Danyelle Yoder, painter of “You Can Begin Again,”

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