Let go of your burden
It’s great to be here with you!
We are reading the book of Exodus and in the last post we talked about the midwives whom Pharaoh commanded to kill all the male Hebrew children because he feared the growth of the people of Israel. And this order was carried out; all the males of Hebrew descendant were killed, in attempt to prevent the growth of the people.
But look what happened:
“And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi.
So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.
But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.” (Exodus 2: 1- 3)
Look at the type of faith this daughter of Levi revealed! She tried to hide her son, but since it was not possible she prepared a basket and left her baby in the river.
What does this have to do with us, today?
Usually everything we hold on to has value. Whatever we preserve, store and hide, we do so because it has value.
The story does not show that the woman became unjust towards God. She just acted wisely!
During the three months she hid that innocent child she felt fear because she knew she had no right to do so.
And today, friends, what have you been hiding inside that has upset, worried, made you anxious, fearful, doubtful and tormented, perhaps for months or even years? We, ourselves, have to get rid of this burden because as humans, we hold on to the past; whatever makes our eyes sparkle, our belongings, and relatives whom we love. And when it is threatened or in danger, it stirs us up and we run the risk of acting by our feelings.
It does not mention in the story that the woman cried in pain, but she definitely felt pain upon leaving her child, an innocent infant in the river not knowing what was going to happen to him. But she took the initiative, an action that surprised God, allowing Him to use her to choose a man who would become the deliverer of Israel. This is what happens to every person who acts with intelligent faith and is not imprisoned by his or her feelings and pain.
There was no use in hiding that child any longer because he would die anyway. Therefore, she left him in the river. When she did this she also left behind the anxiety, which imprisoned her while she hid what was valuable to her.
That woman acted in an intelligent way and we do the same when we let go of whatever torments, and imprisons us; whether it is a new challenge, an event that happened in recent years with a family member, a son, husband, or a brother or even a financial problem that you try to hide, protect or defend, in one way or another. And often-difficult situations arise, not to judge God or see Him as unrighteous, but to materialize our faith. Without even knowing it, this woman’s action would save many people through her son!
See how the Holy Spirit is subjected to our actions: If the woman remained with her son by hiding him, he certainly would have been killed, but she did something surprising! Nothing anyone taught her, but according to her own faith. And this is what called my attention: How often do we hold on to something that we do not want to let go of? It can be a son or daughter, a husband, a diploma, a career, our future, family, whatever … But that’s what makes us heavy!
Imagine how tormented she was during the three months she was hiding the child. The fear and the lack of peace she felt during that time. But she took action: She let him go!
The same way you should let go of whatever you are holding on to and is making you heavy, like fears or fear of taking action.
It is not worth it to keep holding on to this burden! Maybe when you hear the word sacrifice, in the Church, and God asks you for something, you think: “God, you’re asking me for something so difficult!” But, know that when God asks us for something, it is precisely to take away that burden inside of us.
When that woman left her son in the river, she made the decision to put him in God’s hands. Her action proved this, and our actions show what type of faith we! It shows what we profess and the way we believe in God. Your actions reveal what God means to you. You need to reflect on this, reader.
Every time something is tormenting you, whatever it is, let go of it! Place it in God’s hands and He will provide you with the unexpected.
On Wednesday we will talk more about what happened to the child, the result of that woman’s action.
Until then, leave your comment; let us know what you have been holding on to. Let me know a little about yourself! We have been willing to take care of you through the Blog. Every day we have a different theme: For the assistants, mothers and children, for the young people, for the health, we are trying to take care of you. But in order for it to be easier to take better care of you let us know what you are going through. Participate here on the Blog. Your participation is valuable.
A big hug and we will be back on Wednesday.