PlateWhen your family has dinner together is the food plated and then served? Or does your family leave the food on the stovetop and counter for people to serve themselves? Or still, is the food brought to the table and everything passed around as people serve themselves?

Growing up, Mom always put the food on the table and we passed everything around to fill our plates. In my house we typically serve our own plates buffet style and then take our plates to the table. More often than not, someone will put more of something on their plate than they can finish. Rather than waste it, we call in the Closer.Mark

Most family members have that person…. the one who will eat what others don’t so as not to throw food away. For as long as I can remember, that’s been my husband.

My daughter is notorious for passing her plate to her daddy so he can take off of it what she can’t eat.

This morning as I was having my prayer time, God reminded me of that scenario during mealtime. He said,

I do the same thing for you, when you let me, but you have to be willing to pass Me your plate.”

What in the world am I talking about? Well, how many times have you felt burdened or overloaded with work, worry, stress or hardship and said something like,

My plate’s overloaded.”

Or maybe you’ve said,

I have too much on my plate.”

We tend to overload ourselves. God never intended for us to be overloaded or heavily burdened. In fact, in Matthew 11:28 Jesus addresses this issue. I love the Amplified Bible translation:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]”

Jesus is the Closer. He is telling you to pass your plate to Him and allow Him to take off of it what you can’t handle, what you were never intended to handle on your own.

Are you carrying a heavy load right now? I say this with all love and sincerity,

Stop it!”

It’s not yours to carry. You’re worn out, stressed out, wiped out and give out, as my mother-in-law likes to say, because you’ve taken on a load that was never intended for you to carry. Let’s all embrace words of wisdom from Elsa of Frozen and let it go. It’s time to pass your plate!