Encouragement for Today - May 8, 2009



May 8, 2009


Cast and Present

Melissa Taylor


"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."  Psalm 55:22 (NIV)



We were driving home from my mom's house when it happened again.  I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw my son Hayden.  His eyes were fluttering and his face was pale.  I could tell he would be out in a matter of seconds. 


My husband stopped the car and I crawled quickly to the back, shouting Hayden’s name.  His body went limp.  Although he was only out for about twenty seconds, it seemed like an hour.  This was the third time Hayden had passed out in the last two weeks.  I was so scared about his condition.  He had some tests scheduled, which hopefully would tell us and the doctors what was going on.


What was causing him to pass out?  Would the doctors be able to help him?


The next morning I opened my Bible study book, eager for some time with God.  I could not believe my eyes.  The title of the lesson was The Great Physician.  Immediately I felt a sense of comfort and peace over me.  I know the Great Physician well.  And I trust Him.  At that moment I was no longer worried about Hayden.  I knew he was in very capable hands, the mighty hands of the Great Physician.  Regardless of what happened, I know the Great Physician had great plans for Hayden, no matter his condition.


The Great Physician is here for all of us.  He wants us to come to Him for healing.  How stubborn we can be sometimes.  I remember once when I was sick.  I needed to go to the doctor but didn't feel like making an appointment, passing hours in a waiting room, and spending money on a prescription.  I figured I would feel better eventually.  I put it off each day until I was so sick I could hardly get out of bed.  Finally I went to the doctor.  He diagnosed me with strep throat, administered a very painful shot, and I was better within twenty four hours!  If only I had gone sooner I would have saved myself a lot of trouble! 


The same is true with the Great Physician.  How many times do I worry for days or try to solve a problem on my own?  When I finally release it to Him, I think, Why didn't I turn it over to Him a long time ago?


God's Word tells us to "cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall" (Psalm 55:22).  It also reads, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6). 


We aren't supposed to fix ourselves.  We aren't supposed to worry and fret.  We are supposed to "cast" and "present."  Cast our cares and burdens to God, and present our requests to Him.  When we do what His Word tells us to do, we can then experience peace and comfort (Philippians 4:7).


I'm happy to report that Hayden is fine.  I can hear him in the next room right now talking and laughing with his little sister.  I'm so thankful for the laughter.  I'm so thankful for the Great Physician who has given me a peace so that I can enjoy the laughter.


Dear Lord, in our lives there will be times of trial and fear.  Remind us to cast our cares and present our requests to You, and leave them there.  Thank You for the peace only You can give.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.


Related Resources: 

Do you know the Great Physician?


Little Blessings from a Big God: Finding More of God through the Lives of Your Children by Michelle Medlock Adams


Walk with Me Today, Lord: Inspiring Devotions for Women by Emilie Barnes

Visit Melissa's blog 

Application Steps: 

The next time you find yourself carrying more than you can handle, cast and present.   



When was the last time I asked the Great Physician for help?


Is there a burden I am carrying that I need to give up?


Power Verses:

Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  (NIV)


Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it's own." (NIV) 


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Originally published Friday, 08 May 2009.