A Casting We Will Go

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... casting all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.  Psalm 55:22

I was already aware of the 1 Peter verse.  Today I found the one in Psalms.  I had to smile a bit.  You see, I feel I am getting to know a bit more about God.  Granted - there is a lot to learn!  Yet I am seeing, more and more, a God who wants to help us through this life.

I started thinking about the words "casting" and "cast."  Those are active words.  When I think of casting, I think of the act of throwing something.  Either that, or as the child of a potter, I think of mold work where liquid clay (slip) is poured from its container into the mold to harden into some object.

Either way, the gist is one of purposely doing something - changing the way things are. It's an action.

God knows we will be worried.  He's aware that those worries and fears can shake us to our very core.  Yet He also knows what the solution is and He readily offers it to us because of His love for us.

A good friend of mine has a saying.  "God has it covered." For me, one of the meanings of that saying is similar to "Don't worry.  I'm taking care of it."

I find I have to make active choices.  Rather than worry and fret, I can give the concern to God.  I need to do that in rather concrete ways.  I write down my worries and tell God that I am entrusting Him with them.  I visualize myself handing them to God.  I'll imagine the weight of a concern rolling off of my shoulders.  I sometimes have to do those things over and over as the worries creep back in.

It's something to ponder on the facts in those two verses.  God cares for us.  He wants our worries and fears and concerns.  He promises to sustain us.  When we rest in Him, we won't be shaken.

Sounds like a pretty good deal.  The catch?  We have to take action.  We have to deliberately give the things we are worried about to Him.  He is a gentleman.  He doesn't take anything without having been asked to.

Are there things you could cast on Him today?  Right now?  Why carry around any more than you have to?  Life with chronic illness is accompanied by many burdens.  

And Christ is standing before you saying, "I can handle these so much better than you are able to.  Let go of them.  Give them to me."

So, what have you got to lose?

Nothing ... except the burdens that hold you down.

Father God, Thank you for your love and concern.  And thank you that You give us choices.  Help each of us to see today just how much You love us and how willing You are to carry our burdens thought this life for us.  Amen and amen.

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