Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Challenges, delays, and red tape. That’s all I seemed to meet around some urgent matters. The stress of it all weighed heavy. I had flashbacks from other periods just like this. I began to anticipate the emotional drain that comes like a side dish with an entrée. These nine words sum up my reactions: Déjà vu all over again and blah, blah, blah.
I soon shifted my focus from the blah, blah, blah to the spiritual. 1 Peter reminded me of what I respectfully call, the “casting” scripture. The Lord invites us to cast all – yes, all – of our cares upon Him for He cares for us. My tendency is to deliberate over the invitation, accepting several weeks, months, or years later. I decided to submit my RSVP in a more timely manner. My blah, blah, blah turned into, “Let it go. Let it be. Let it go. Let it be.”
The day after I submitted my RSVP, I received an email from Cindy Sproles with the good news that Christian Devotions had accepted the very first devotion I submitted. God had opened a door for me to do what I’ve wanted to do for decades.
Stress and worry prevent us from doing what God calls us to do. Peter made it clear that in Christ there is no need for us to worry. Cast, throw out, toss over all our cares and anxiety because He cares. When I think about it, it’s really not an option. It’s a command.
You have been invited to cast your cares upon the Lord as well. Don’t deliberate over the invitation and then delay your response. Submit your RSVP in a timely manner. We’re not equipped to carry all those cares by ourselves. Flashback to the times when you’ve tried to do so. Now, think about the results. Let’s say it together: Blah, blah, blah.
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Charlotte Purvis is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the place where she was first introduced to the power of prayer and the importance of casting her cares upon God. Charlotte is a corporate consultant, communication coach, and highly rated professional speaker. She and her loving family live in North Carolina.
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