This week, for me personally, has been a challenging one. There was plenty of worry and no time to process. More went wrong than went right. I had to deal with my daughter having a flare up of a recurring illness, my car needing serious, expensive repair and in the same night found out a relative of mine was in a coma. There was a parade of thoughts marching through my mind. Worries took over and I forgot the number one rule. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
This week I was going to continue the True Riches series; however God lead my heart in a different direction. This title just popped into my head and I had to stop in mid-sentence, tell a friend to hold on, and find a pen to commit it to paper. I knew then that this weeks devotion took a sudden right turn. But that’s OK because God is steering the vehicle.
Do you often find yourself completely overwhelmed, longing for just one moment to breathe. I found myself feeling that way all week. I wanted just one moment to myself so I could sort out the mess that was unfolding. Not once did it cross my mind that this mess was not mine to sort out. Not once did I realize I was seeking silence because I needed to stop for just a moment and listen for my Father. If I had, I would have understood that He is behind the wheel, that He had it all mapped out. From beginning to end. I needed to stop being a back seat driver.
Lets look at this Biblically. Psalm 55:22 states “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” If we believe that the Bible is the true word of God and David, Gods chosen King, who was under physical and mental attack, tells you to Cast your cares on the Lord…My personal belief is that is what we should do.
Now I can tell you all day how we are just to set all our woes at our Lord Gods feet. But it is a whole other bowl of cherries, to walk the walk. As I have already shared with you, this is a recurring stumbling stone (more like a boulder) for me.
1 Peter 5:7 sums it up best for me. It states “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This passage tells us exactly why we are to cast all our worries and anxiety on to Him. It is because He cares for you! He loves you and does not want you to carry any of these things. This passage reaches right into the depths of my soul and gives me comfort. He cares for me. WOW. How awesome is that? Out of how many millions (if not billions) of people are in the world, and He cares for me. I matter, my worries matter, my anxiety matters….it all matters to Him and I don’t have to do any of it alone. I am to CAST my worries on to Him.
Before I close this devotion out, I want to share the rest of my story with you. When I finally saw the light through the clouds (metaphorically speaking of course) I stopped and I prayed. I surrendered it to God. I let the weight of my worries slide away as I handed over this messed up heap I call my life. Than I sat back and I watched God clean up the mess I tried to control. My daughter (PRAISE GOD) is on the mend. Today my Aunt came out of her coma and was found reading her Bible (she apparently understands this lesson better than I do) and my car…well its getting better. We were blessed with a good and fair mechanic. Are these problems completely resolved, I don’t know because I gave God the keys and He will determine what is next for me.
In closing consider this passage. I often return to it when I want to be a back seat driver. Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Not a one of us gains time with worry, in fact all we do is lose time and precious moments.
Bible verses found @ http://biblegateway.com NIV Translation