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Going for a ride with God

                                                                  July 8, 2020


Anna went for a haircut today. She was not a happy
camper. She hates riding in the car. From the time
we brought her home as a puppy, she got car sick. So
she'd dig in her heels and fight us all the way if she
sensed we were moving toward the car. It got worse as
she got older.

She would fuss and eventually go limp when we tried
to put her in the back seat. It wasn't a big deal when
she was a puppy. It's definitely harder now with an
eighty pound adult dog. So we don't take many rides.
We only go to the vet or the kennel. Anna is no dummy.
This has only made her aversion to car rides greater.

So today Anna surprised me. When I picked her up at
the groomers, she seemed like a new person. Ummm, I
mean dog. She was frisky and wanted to play. Tonight,
the difference was even more pronounced. She wanted
to play and was acting years younger. It is hard to believe
that just dropping a few pounds of fur can make such a

As I sat there looking at Anna, it struck me that when
we are carrying heavy burdens around with us, we can
feel the same way. Worries, fear and concerns can drag
us down. Anxiety and guilt can leave us feeling listless
and worn out. We need to take the clippers to these things
that weigh us down.

When you add everything going on in the world around
us today, from the long term effects of the pandemic, to
our sensitivities to the racial tensions, to loneliness from
the social isolation, to worries over our economic future,
to the everyday stuff that is buried beneath it all, we can
feel overwhelmed.

God invites us to come to him in prayer and to give the
excess baggage we are carrying to him.  Jesus says in
Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all you who are weary and
heavy burdened and I will give you rest..." David says in
Psalm 55:22, "Cast your burdens on the Lord and he will
sustain you..."

It brings to mind the words of an old hymn which says;
"Spend a little time with Jesus in prayer. He alone can
lift your heavy load of care. Tell him all about the things
that try you. Every little need he will supply you. Spend
a little time with Jesus in prayer."

So give your worries to Jesus. You just might find a new
spring in your step and want to go for a joy ride with God

God bless. See you in church.
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