Gleanings – Learning to Cast

1 Peter 5:1-14

“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares for you.”

I don’t know about you but my first inclination when anxious is to act, not cast. First I analyze the situation. Then I form a plan of attack. Execution follows. If I had a nickel for every time I walked through this process I would be a millionaire. If I had a nickel for every time I walked through this process only to find it a waste of time a few minutes or a few hours later, I would still be a millionaire.

What if I can be transformed in such a way that my first inclination is to cast, to literally toss off anything that is troubling me to someone much better able to handle it? I am guessing I would worry a lot less. And if I worried less about what might be, I would probably live into each present moment more fully. I would be there more for my wife and more for my kids, there in every way, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Of course half the battle is trusting enough that God actually wants to shoulder or bear these burdens for me. I can’t imagine mine alone being all that appealing to him and when one considers the potential burden of some 6 billion people (if our evangelism efforts actually yielded fruit), well who would apply for that job! And yet he is a God that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. So I should resist defining him by even man’s greatest capacity.

So life would be much improved if only I could be transformed in such a way. Come Lord Jesus!



One Response to “Gleanings – Learning to Cast”

  • Robert Says:

    I did not do this enough but started to a lot in the last year due to my job. Work can be overwhelming sometimes. I pray when getting ready on the metro and continually rely on him to be steadfast thru work situations. I come home exhausted from the day but knowing I got thru it with his help.

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