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.

Comments

  1. What a powerful parable in the form of a figurine! Thank you for sharing it. I know how much the gift and its sentiments mean to you.

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  2. This is so good. You have a wonderful friend and you are a friend to all of us. Thank you for the gifts you shared with us today.

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  3. This is so beautiful sister Mary. I love that figurine, too. I didn't enjoy the camel when we went to the zoo because they were all spitting. But now, I like them.

    Take care sister. God bless and love to you.

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  4. Beautiful figurine! I am touched each time I come here!!
    Blessings,andrea

    PS: I have an urgent prayer request on arise 2 write.

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  5. I enjoy Shelia Walsh the most when ever I go to the Women Of Faith weekends. Thank-you for this analogy it's perfect.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  6. Wonderful illustration, Mary! Something I'm sure to visualize when my "burdens" grow too heavy.

    Thank you!
    Myra

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  7. What a beautiful message!
    xo...Kathy

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  8. Great post. Interesting facts about camels. Getting on and off them is interesting too. We rode camels to the pyramids in Egypt in 1978. The people there were surprised that we don't have camels in our deserts.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  9. Mary,

    What a powerful story! I love it and know how the Lord desires for us to do this....I have trouble laying things down sometimes and when I do I realize how heavy things are and HIS Grace and MERCY just overwhelms me! I hope I can be more like a camel from now on ;)

    Love you Mary

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  10. Very good analogy of the camel. And yes, our thoughts and posts were similar - casting our burdens upon Him and receiving His grace.

    Blessings!

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  11. New to your blog. What a delight. Thank you for sharing. Love the title of your blog also. Blessings.

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  12. This was just such a great post...And I REALLY want to be just like that camel, and roll those burdens right off of me. Thank you for blessing me with this today. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Debbie

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  13. That is so neat, Dear, thank you ~

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  14. Beautiful just beautiful thoughts you have shared today, Yes I need to roll over and let a lot of burdens fall off, thank you for these encouraging words.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  15. Beautiful post - God wants us to do just that - kneel before Him and let Him take our worries our burdons away.

    thank you.
    Kelly

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  16. This is so amazing~ quite a visual.
    Thank you for this...needed to let go a a specific burden today and this post was helpful.
    God bless.

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  17. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I have to say that I enjoy your writing style very much. I do hope that you continue blogging and am adding you as a favorite. Much love to you.....rolling away....Cherie

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  18. This is such a good post, I've enjoyed it very much! The camel is the perfect way to illustrate how God wants us to lean on Him totally with faith and trust. Thank you for sharing this today.


    Blessings,
    Jean

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  19. Wow! This blessed my socks off. I so needed this today.

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  20. That is wonderful Mary. Thank you for sharing (and what a cute little camel). (((hugs)))

    Beth

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  21. I've read a number of posts and am so blessed by my visit with you today. I've never ever thought about the camEl in this way. Happy New Year!

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  22. A perfect "fit" with my heart this night. Thank you for taking the time to encourage me with this post.

    peace~elaine

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  23. WOW, did I ever tell you that I heard Sheila Walsh at the WOF in August, and she is my go-to girl too?! I LOVE her book "Let Go". This is a wonderful lesson - thank you!

    I'm coming to you live -- gallbladder-less! God alone got it done. My hat is off to Him. I am on my knees. God alone!

    Thank you and your precious family for praying me through! I did a blog post about the details. I'm sitting here today sipping Diet Coke and watching my tummy turn black/blue, but I don't have to go out in the snow storm. Good trade off, yes? How was the fast at church?

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  24. how much the gift and its sentiments mean to you.

    Work from home

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