My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me (Psalm 131:1)
Have you ever tried to lift a suitcase that is too heavy? Have you every tried to engage in an activity for which you were simply not ready? On a larger scale, have you ever simply been overwhelmed by issues, life events, situations, or matters that were simply impossible to understand? What usually happens when we try to lift something too heavy for us? Usually, we get hurt.
The good news is that God is like a porter-he is willing to pick up and carry the bag that is too heavy for us. In Psalm 131, the Psalmist knows not to try to pick up the heavy suitcase of burdens. He writes, “I do not concern myself with great matters or things to wonderful for me.” Deuteronomy 29:29 says it another way, “the secret things belong to God.” And Old Testament Apocryphal book, the Sirach, or the Wisdom of Ben Sira, puts it yet another way, “Neither seek what is too difficult for you, nor investigate what is beyond your power.” (Sirach 3:21)
The wisdom that comes to us from scripture encourages us not to attempt things that are beyond our abilities-or try to understand things that happen to us for which there are no real “answers.” To do so-to try to solve “great mysteries of life”-is pride, the Psalmist says. We will be confronted many times in life with “bags that are too heavy to lift,” matters too complex for us-things for which we cannot find answers. Here God is our porter: let God carry the heavy stuff. This way, we will not hurt ourselves.
There is much in life that we will never understand. As Deuteronomy says, “the secret things belong to God.” Many things that happen to us are not meant for our understanding. It takes humility to accept our limitations. But in so doing, there is great freedom. God is there. He knows and understands all that happens and watches over us with a loving and compassionate heart.
Let's let God carry the heavy stuff.