Bursting at the Seams

Imagine a single drawer filing cabinet for organizing and storing your mail. Do you think one drawer could fit it all? I snicker when I think about my student loan bills alone. [Although, it’s really not that funny at all.] I am willing to conclude that even those wouldn’t fit into a single drawer.

When attempting to close it, I envision the outer surface bursting at the seams. One day, the drawer will not be able take any more pressure. Then, all those documents explode out, leaving an [unorganized] mess. Needless to say, this thought leaves me feeling uncomfortable- since my personality is one that strives for organization.

Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that this is exactly the picture of the condition of my heart at times. I tend to ‘stuff’ things. Hardships come, bad news is revealed, offenses from others are had, daily happenings that are out of my control take place. Then, I tuck them all nice and neat into my heart.

Outwardly, I look okay for a period of time. But, my heart begins bursting at the seams. Until one day, I cannot take any more pressure. Then, all those difficult circumstances explode out of my heart.

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.-
Luke 8:17 (NIV)

The difference, here, is my unorganized mess typically gets projected onto a certain someone. What once were my things to ‘stuff’ are now someone else’s things that they have retrieved after the explosion. Needless to say, this behavior leaves me feeling uncomfortable.


However, not a single individual is meant to take the brunt of my explosive mess. And, truthfully, I’m not meant to ‘stuff’ the difficulties of my circumstances. What God intends is for me to give it all up to Him.

Could this really be true?! Yes! The God of love and goodness wants me to give him my messes before they reach my heart!

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.- Psalms 55:22  (NKJV)

The meaning of “cast”, here, is to throw off and to commit to His care. So, now, I envision myself with my hands held open. They are ready to receive whatever comes my way- good or bad. Once I’m handed the bad, I am reassured to immediately throw off those things and to commit them to God’s care.

This simple, yet overlooked instruction will prevent me from ‘stuffing’ and causing a cataclysmic explosion. As a result, my heart will be kept clean. Outwardly, I will be more than just okay. I will be sustained and immovable, just as I am promised.

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”- Luke 6:45 (NIV)

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