Piling it on until you crack

This morning as I was shoveling my way to church I heard a huge crack and saw a part of a tree fall.  The snow is so heavy that the tree couldn’t take the weight and finally gave.

Also this morning I was helping shovel at the end of the church driveway where the state road had piled our driveway.  I was reminded of a time I preached a sermon at Mason about peace.  You can listen to that sermon here.  In that sermon I talked about shoveling the sidewalk in front of the church there only to see a state road truck come down the road and cover everything I had just shoveled.  I could have cursed.  I didn’t.

We all have times in life that it seems like we’re going to crack and curse.  And some times are so difficult that nobody would blame us if we did crack.  A family not far away from us buried a 6 year old last week.  Another family not far away from us will bury a 19 year old tomorrow.  Who would blame them if they cracked under the strain?

Where marriages are in trouble or for all practical purposes are over, where finances seem impossible to overcome, where people hate their job, where we or loved ones are addicted to drugs or alcohol, where health concerns are overwhelming, where the loss of a loved one is unbearable, and in any situation you find yourself in that I haven’t mentioned, you don’t have to crack under the stress and strain.  If you have, nobody will blame you.

But I want to encourage you.  Psalm 121:1-2 has the Psalmist saying, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Hang in their and lift your eyes to Jesus.  Let Him support you.  Just as a support under the tree branch would have kept the tree from giving way, Jesus will help you from giving up.  Turn to Him.  Cry out to Him.  Let the tears hit the floor.  And I can guarantee you that one day you will look back and see how God got you through it.  And you will praise Him all the more.

Here’s a great song you may want to listen to over and over as you pray:

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