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Is That All You Have?

Let me be the first to say that I detest grocery shopping. From the lines, insufficient registers, and crowds, I could do without all of it. Let’s just say I try to avoid it at all means. I make every effort to get everything I think we may need every time I go because I hate to go back. It’s so bad that I smile when I see the checkout. I feel like an Olympian approaching the finish line and taking the gold. Last week as I stood in line, an elderly woman came and stood behind me. As the cashier began to check me out, the Lord laid it on my heart to pay for her groceries. I told the cashier to add her items to my tab. The lady looked at me and said, “No. You don’t have to do that”. I told her it was fine and that I wanted to. Then, I asked, “Is that all you have?”. She handed me her items. I paid for them. She thanked me and left the store. The cashier said, “That was nice”. I told her that people are always blessing me and that we all need each other. We need to help lighten each other’s load.

As I walked to my car, I thought about how the Father deals with us and lightens our loads. I could imagine Him standing with outstretched hands asking us, “Is that all you have?” Like the lady, we hesitate to give Him what’s in our hands because we are ashamed or think it may be too much. Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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.” He wants to take it all upon Himself. Isn’t that exactly what He did on the cross? Isaiah 53:4 states that Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. He also bore the weight of our sins, pain, sickness, disease, disappointments, and everything we could experience in this life. Before He even hung on the cross, He felt every emotion we could feel. What are we saying when we fail to give it all to Him? Are we are saying that we don’t think what He has already done is good enough?

So, I ask again. Is that all you have? Abuse. Is that all you have? Rejection. Is that all you have? Illness? Is that all you have? Heart-broken. Is that all you have? Debt. Is that all you have? Depression. Is that all you have? Pain. Is that all you have? Sexual sin. Is that you all have? No matter how heavy it is. Bring all of it. Whatever it is. He can handle it.

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