“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
Many of us are hurting because of the cares and burdens we’ve been carrying. Some of us are spiritually, emotionally, and physically bruised. Yet Jesus says in Luke 4:18 that He was “anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, and set at liberty them that are bruised.” We don’t have to live poor, brokenhearted, enslaved, blind, bruised lives. Indeed, we can live the abundant lives Christ came to give us (John 10:10). We can enjoy lives full of love, joy, and peace, free from the effects of the overwhelming stress and anxiety that comes from carrying heavy burdens.
Since my son Alex left in September, I find myself checking the mailbox for his letters every day. I don't usually check the mailbox often, but I've been doing so consistently since he left. I miss my son, and I worry about him a lot. I don’t worry too much about the physical demands being placed upon him because he was an athlete in high school. I worry whether he’s being treated fairly and respectfully. I want him to do well. I want him to pass every test, but I had to put Alex in God’s hands just as I had to put Joshua in God’s hands ten years ago. I have to remember that God holds Alex in the palm of His hands. I have to remember that God can take much better care of my son than I ever could. I have to remember God loves Alex more than I ever will.
Yes, I’ve had to cast my cares on the Lord because I know He cares for me. And he cares for my children, spouse, dad, extended family, home, job, business, and bills. God cares about it all. I trust Him, and I know He’s working things out on my and my son’s behalf.
Aretha Grant serves her local church as a bible teacher and elder. She loves writing and is the author of Overcomer: 25 Keys to Walking Victoriously. Aretha resides in Hagerstown, MD with her husband and two youngest children. You can read Aretha’s blog at www.arethagrant.com.
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