Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where Are You Putting Your Garbage?

  You may remember the saga of the Morbo 4000 from a few years ago.  It was a garbage barge that was set to take it load of 3000 pounds of refuse from New York City to North Carolina.  The problem was they didn’t want to take. So the boat tried to sail back to New York but it wasn’t allowed there either and thus it‘s saga began.  The longer it roamed the worse it got.  Rumors that the barge was carrying all sorts of hazardous materials made the situation more difficult to resolve. The barge would be rejected by over a dozen places, even being chased away with warplanes on two occasions, and traveled over 6000 miles looking for a place to unload.  Eventually, the company owning the boat went bankrupt and the boat was destroyed with it's cargo.  Nobody wanted all that garbage.

  Places are getting stingier about accepting garbage. I know my folks have had a time getting rid of bigger trash items since the live in the country and the area landfill is for city residents only. Where do you dump your junk? It has to go somewhere? Some have resorted to just finding an empty space on a  back road since they can’t get it to the proper place? It’s not right but what do you do?

  It is not just the content of the trash can that people are looking to unload; it is also the negative things in our psyche. The worries, the stress, the slights, the frustrations, the emotional baggage of life. The emotions we that we need to vent, clean out, or cast away. 

  Sadly, some are without any place to release that turmoil, so the just chunk it anywhere.  Maybe they make every conversation an emotional dumping ground. Perhaps they litter online, using social media as way to vent their worries and sadness.  Some simply let it pile up in their lives till it crushes them in emotional despair.   If only we had a place to cast it all!   Oh, but we do!

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

  God is able to handle our needs. Prayer is the means for us to properly deal with those emotions.  While friends and family might help with the load, none of them have the capacity God does.  The paradox is the more we try to unload to other sources, the harder we find it to do so. The more we vent to others the less likely they will listen to us. God however is always there when we need him, no matter how much we need to unload.

  Our worries, our fears, our hurts need to be handled, but don’t just throw them anywhere. Put them in the best place to handle them, so it doesn’t become a burden to others. 

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