Things We Pick Up

A Sock.

One lonely sock without its mate.

It was lying on the floor, probably because the dog had carried it around in his nervousness, and now the sock was alone.

Full transparency: sometimes it takes me up to a day to notice a single sock lying on the floor. We have three dogs and two cats that bat, and throw, and chase various toys all over the house. So one sock, out of place, with no indicator that it’s a member of a team, looks kinda like a dog toy.

I picked up the dog toy that was a sock meaning to take it to it’s place in the single sock basket.

But that one small sock fit easily in my hand, and I had grabbed it on my way to another task. It must have been a task I could do one-handed, because about five minutes later, the sock was still in my left hand.

Things We Carry

I didn’t become aware of the sock again until I was upstairs, and since the sock basket is downstairs, I stuffed it in my jean pocket.

I carried that sock around with me all day long. Only when I was putting my jeans in the laundry hamper, and a little white toe caught my attention, did I remember my companion.

I pulled it from my pocket, and the sock finally made it to the basket. I even felt sorry for it and dug around until I found its match, folded them together and put them away.

And that sock got me thinking . . . .

What things do we unconsciously pick up in life? How long do we carry them around? What do we still have in our hands or our pocket that needs to be put away?

What things do we unconsciously pick up in life? How long do we carry them around? What do we still have in our hands or our pocket that needs to be put away? Click To Tweet

Those single socks of life can be pretty tricky–they usually look like something else. Anger can look like justice. Guilt can look like discipline. Hurt can look like a path to comfort. Jealousy can look like self-improvement.

So we naturally pick them up. Even if we’re mature enough to see them for what they are, we still need to match them to their mates: healing, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, mercy, humility, etc. But so often, we don’t put them down.

It’s easier, sometimes, to just carry them around–matching, after all, takes work. After awhile, it’s not just easier, it’s a comfort. Then the comfort becomes a defining part of who we are.

Putting Our Burdens Down

God didn’t intend for us to be sock-carriers with toes and heals sticking out of our pockets. He gave us Jesus whose burden is light.

Christ receives those things we carry, and matches them to the healing that we need. He’s our balance and our completion.

Christ receives those things we carry, and matches them to the healing that we need. He’s our balance and our completion. Click To Tweet

But let’s be honest . . . rarely does God work this healing in one mighty flash. I’ve been following Jesus for a long time, and I’m still learning about things in my pockets that I’ve forgotten about.

It would be lovely if there was a quick fix. But what Christ offers us is much more beautiful and life-sustaining. God calls us into a long-term relationship with Him through Christ. And in the midst of that relationship, we begin healing.

“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.” –Jesus

Matthew 11: 28-30

For me, meditative prayer and scripture reading are key elements to working out a relationship with the Lord–taking His yoke. As I slow myself down and focus on Him, I’m filling my hands (and pockets!) with His glory. There’s simply less and less room for me to hold onto the things of this world.

Are there burdens you’re carrying and need to put down? I encourage you to get quiet with the Lord and nurture your relationship. Reach out for Godly counsel if needed. And if you’d like prayer, always feel free to contact me directly.

When we seek the Lord during our everyday lives, He teaches us lessons from the small things. And lessons learned first-hand lead to deep spiritual transformation. Slow down and learn to turn to Him throughout your day with scriptural meditation. Begin your journey here.

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