I remember a time in my life, when I was going to counseling for a past sexual abuse. Even after a long period of counseling, I was finding it difficult to leave the past with God. As I sat thinking about this one day; God began to show me a way that would help me to give everything completely over to Him. Within my mind’s eye, I began to picture a white box sitting on a table before me, with a lid to the side. God was asking me to put every thought and feeling into the box…put on the lid and then hand it over to Him. The only thing I needed to remember at the time; was once I gave Him the box; then I would have to turn around and leave that box of thoughts and feelings with Him.
As I poured every thought…need and hurtful feeling into the box, I’ll have to admit that this wasn’t easy because I knew that once I handed the box over to God; then I would no long have control but rather I would have to trust God to take care of everything that I had placed within the box. After finally giving God my box of needs…I began to turn around and walk away…and from that day, I can say that I have found peace…knowing that God took complete control, of all the hurtful feelings that had controlled my life, since I was a young girl.
In Psalm 55:22, we read… “Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall.” Today, can we say that we have given everything over to God or are we just speaking these words with our mouths, while we take back everything and attempt to have control over something that is too much for us to handle? When we can truly hand every need over to God; then we will begin to see that life can be much easier and more at peace, while God works to make all things new.