Remember

Dear reader,

I’m blogging along with the Five Minute Friday’s word prompts. We free write for 5-minutes on a single word prompt. This month we’re doing 31 prompts along with #Write31Days.

Today’s Prompt: Remember

remember

Start – 5-minutes.

I’m reading a book.

Love Life Walk by Steve Fugate. (available on Amazon)

This book brought me to tears within the first pages.

Why?

Memories.

Things I try to push back and not bring up anymore.

God said,

“Sara, it’s time for you to Remember

I remember 7th grade, coming home from school.

Setting my backpack down on the porch.

No one seemed to be at home so I went to the backyard.

When I returned, my backpack was gone.

Remember, God whispers.

I’m immediately filled with panic.

How could I be so stupid.

What am I going to do about my homework.

Remember, I was in the 7th grade, school was my life.

So, I went to the backyard, to the laundry room and…

Must I remember Lord, It’s silly.

Yes, Sara, it’s important.

I lift the large bottle of laundry detergent and drink.

Yes, my 7th-grade self, thought losing a backpack was so awful, she wanted to end her life.

Stop. 5-minutes.

163 words.

Why this memory?

Steve, the author of Love Life Walk, trekked the Appalachian trail.

In the middle of his journey, he received notice that his son, his precious son, killed himself.

Remember, Sara.

Dealing with his loss he determined to hike the rest of the trail for his son.

His son, who would have trekked that same trail if he held out a little longer.

Steve needed to focus, so the project he chose to occupy his time/mind was to prepare for the trip by lightening his load.

His backpack.

He went from 50 to 22 pounds.

This morning God woke me with this vision.

The backpack we’re all carrying, trying so desperately to fill with “supplies” and “tools” to make it through this life, is only weighing us down.

Jesus says: Matthew 11: 28-30

28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

and again Jesus reminds us in 1Peter 5:7 to…

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you

So, maybe it’s time we start lightening our backpacks.

Release some things you’re holding too tightly.

Then, take the backpack off and leave it at the feet of Jesus.

Let him hold it.

And, Rest.

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