Digging Up Bones
1 Peter 5:7
~“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”
American country singer Randy Travis recorded a song titled, “Diggin' Up Bones”. A few lines are: “I'm diggin' up bones...Exhuming things that better left alone...I'm resurrecting memories of love that's dead and gone...Yeah tonight I'm settlin' alone diggin' up bones”.
My paternal grandmother would talk about when they lived on a farm and had a dog. The dog would enjoy gnawing on a meat bone that was left-over from the family's meal. After enjoying the tasty treat, the dog would bury the bone out in the back of the home. Later, for an unknown reason, the dog would return to one of the buried bones, only to dig it back up; carry it around; and then only later, re-bury it once again.
How many times do people dig up various bones that they have buried, begin once again to carry it around with them, and later, re-bury it?
There are various bones, such as worry, fear, and anxiety. The worry bone is usually one of the large bones that people have a difficult time keeping six feet under the ground. When a person finally buries it, they have a tendency to go back to begin diggin' it up again time after time, and carry it around.
How do God's people combat the worry bone? They ought to place their trust in God's promises. One promise is in Exodus when the Israelites were facing 600 Egyptian war chariots. Moses stated: “Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the LORD rescue you...The LORD himself will fight for you. You won't have to lift a finger in your defense!”. The war chariots were no match for Almighty God who parted the Red Sea.
Another bone is being preoccupied with the past, instead of being focused on today. It becomes easy for people to go about concentrating on the precious day, month, or year by the “would a, could a, and should a” syndrome.
God's people may explore the Scriptures to combat the temptation of going out to the back area to begin diggin' up the bones that were once buried, plus how not to carry it around with you into your future. In the Book of Philippians, Paul stated: “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”.
As a godly person, try not to exhume “things better left alone”, or emulate the dog at my family's farm. “Give your burdens (buried bones) to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (Psalm 55:2).
Lord God, thank You for allowing us to give our buried bones to You. Help us to leave them with You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington