Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
1 Peter 5:7, AMP
Even so, none of this surprises God.
Reeling from the news can send me in two different directions. I can flip out and rant and rave and stress out and lose sleep. Or I can cast my cares on the God who saw the storm coming and has already mapped out a plan.
Ever gone fishing? There is prep work to be done, getting the right size line and hook on the right size pole for the fish and picking the spot and the time of day and the bait. But once that hook is cast out into the water, the results are out of your hands. Not much to do but wait at this point. I am not a fisher-woman primarily because I hate waiting (and I am not too wild about cleaning fish).
When the bad news comes, there is only so much I can do and then I have to leave the rest in God’s hands.
What might this look like? For me, it means making a conscious decision to control my racing thoughts. Purposing to focus on God’s promises (one is all I need) instead of the evidence surrounding me isn’t always easy. It requires a discipline that doesn’t come natural for me. Far more natural is for me to give into to worry and stress.
This verse tells us that God watches over me, over you, in love. He cares for us affectionately. Nothing about our life escapes His notice and while we are trying to figure it all out, He is behind the scenes working it all out for us because of His great love and concern for us.
Worrying says, “No thanks God, I’d rather do this myself”.
Dr. Phil would say, “how’s that working for you?”
Two choices – cast my cares or keep them – I get to choose.
How about you? Done any casting lately?
If you would like prayer, I would be happy to pray with and for you, let me know. K?
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