The Pressures of Life

RupturedHoseVSmallI recently had a garden hose rupture, spraying water all over where I didn’t want water. I had inadvertently left the faucet turned on to which the hose was attached. There was a spray nozzle on the other end, but it was shut off. It was a cheap hose with a few kinks in it. The unrelenting pressure eventually caused the hose to burst.

Hoses aren’t the only thing that can burst under pressure; so can we! There are all kinds of situations in life that put pressure on us. It can be financial pressure, health issues, people problems, guilt, busy schedules, the expectations of others, unrealistic expectations of ourselves, and I’m sure we could all add to the list another one, two, or more ways we feel under pressure.

Just as a hose needs an outlet to keep it from bursting, so we need to give expression to what we feel is putting pressure on us. It’s important to remember that there are two God-given directions we’re to vent this pressure: horizontally and vertically.

Sharing the pressure we’re under with a trusted friend or friends is the horizontal direction. God’s designed us to share our burdens with each other. It’s been said that a joy that’s shared is doubled and a burden that’s shared is cut in half. Stuffing our feelings, keeping them to ourselves, will only make matters worse. Eventually something has to give.

Sharing our problems with God is the vertical direction. God’s designed us to be in relationship with Him. An important aspect of that relationship is going to Him in prayer and honestly sharing with Him the pressure we’re under and asking for His help to cope with it.

We’re all under pressure and we can’t keep letting that build up. Honestly sharing with a few trustworthy people and honest to God praying can keeping us from bursting like my garden hose did!

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Apostle Paul– Galatians 6:2) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Jesus – Matthew 11:28)

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