Spiritual Sunday ~ The Lesson Of The Camel
My girlfriend Jeeni’s love language is gifts. So as a result, when she wants to express her appreciation for me and our friendship, I can receive anything from a hand-made necklace to a free ticket to an event. That’s just the way we are, isn't it? We tend to express our love in ways we like to receive it. Recently Jeeni stopped by the office, but it was a day that I wasn’t working. One of the shelves in my bookcase displayed a little figurine of a camel. “How cute is that” I thought to myself the next day, realizing immediately that I missed a visit from Jeeni.
I’ve been gazing at that camel, thinking a lot about the lesson of the camel. Have you heard about it? To explain it to you, I have to get a little help from my favorite Woman of Faith go-to girl, Sheila Walsh. She included The Lesson of the Camel in her book, The Heartache That No One Sees. She wrote about a friend she met in a coffee shop who felt a God-nudge to share a Bible verse with her. “Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:31.
Sheila writes: “I had such a sense that this was indeed a special word from God to my heart that I began a word study of the verse. The word “commit” in the context of this verse is very interesting. The Hebrew word is “galal.” It means, “To roll; roll away.”
"The word 'galal' is used often to describe the way a camel gets rid of its burden. It is a two-step process. Frist, it kneels down, and then it rolls to the left and the load falls off the camel's back. The picture for us is a beautiful one. We are invited to kneel before God but encouraged not to stop there. We are called to roll over and let the burden fall off our backs. We are called to roll every burden, every concern for the future, onto the Lord, sure that he will accept that responsibility and will bless us.
Whatever you are facing right now, kneel before God and roll into His grace! He wants to carry your burden. You don't have to carry it anymore," Sheila writes.
I share with you today, my camel figurine, my book by Shelia Walsh and God’s Word urging us to roll every concern onto Him. He loves you and me. Our bodies have not been designed to carry burdens. Jesus wants them. I gladly give Him mine; how about you?
Spiritual Sundays is presented weekly by Charlotte and Ginger and they feature wonderful inspirational writers.