The Casting Stone
One cool morn, it came to me that I was carrying a burden that weighed heavily on my soul. With this thought, I made a decision to find a way to lighten my load on my shoulders, so to speak. Actually, I was unburdening my soul. In saying this, I am reminded that Jesus said His burden was light.
I pondered this thought, and I found an answer that in the end was a surprising revelation. I decided that I would go outside and leave my burdens there and surrender my every care to God. As I sat and contemplated how to follow through, a thought came to me that even now brings a smile to my face and a "light" to my soul. In my yard, there are pebbles of granite all around. I proceeded to pick up a pebble, hold it in my hand, and put all my cares on the stone. Then to my left side, I noticed a crepe myrtle which had recently been pruned. The crepe myrtle was bare; and in my soul's eye, I imagined that it was the cross where Jesus gave His all for me. I then took the stone of worries and tossed it to the other side of the crepe myrtle. In so doing, I realized that the stone had fallen onto the ground among all the other stones. To my inner self, I thought how divine this throwing of the stone was. Even if I wanted to go back and pick up that exact stone, I could not because it was mixed with many other stones. Besides, I thought if I ever tried to pick that particular stone up again, I may pick up another person's stone of worries.
So, I will just leave the stone of worries and all of my cares in that place on the ground just beyond the crepe myrtle which I see as Jesus' cross.
I think sometimes we are protected even when we do not know. Somehow, it seems to me that not only does God have a sense of humor, but He also leads us when we do not even know where to start. The casting stone may be for me the time when my faith has grown the most because I realize that I trust God with all that I am. . ŠJuanita Pittman-Brown
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