A quick photo of birds in flight ended up looking very peaceful ~ free of cares
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
What do you think of when you hear the word casting?
My first response is to think of casting for fish with a rod and reel. One of the reasons that I am no good at fishing is that I stink at casting. The same goes for casting my burdens.
In my last post, I mentioned that I struggle with consistency in my commitment to trust the Lord with my problems. I tend to give Him my cares, but then break my promise to trust by worrying. It is due to my problem with casting them, and then leaving them with Him.
The Process of Casting
Committing to trust God requires an all in approach, but casting our cares requires a hands-off approach. Otherwise, the problems for which we so desperately need help stay with us and not in His care.
A friend once told me about a process for casting cares. She said to imagine putting my problems into a balloon filled with helium, and then letting go, allowing them to soar upward into heaven for God to take over. I liked that imagery. I thought that it would help solve my difficulties with casting; however, what I found was that although I am great at putting problems into the balloon and letting go, I tend to reach up and grab hold of the string before it gets away.
Casting is the opposite of keeping, though. It means to throw or place upon.
In that sense, the balloon imagery will never work. We can never cast our cares into a balloon and expect them to ever land upon heaven’s shores. The journey is too far, and the temptation to grab them back too great. We need to get rid of them quickly. To Someone nearby.
God is that near One. Our Savior cares deeply for what bothers us, and longs for us to release our burdens to Him. He is ready, with arms open wide to handle them.
Why then do we insult Jesus by taking them back by worrying? Do we really believe in His power to handle them? Are we persuaded?
With our words, we may tell God that we trust Him, but when we take them back by fretting our actions speak differently. They declare a lack of persuasion in His powerful capabilities, and we must stop doing this.
Proving Our Commitment by Casting
Any parent will agree with me that when a child says he is going to do something, but does not follow through, it is very upsetting. All talk, but no action renders their word meaningless.
The same is true when we disobey in the area of casting our cares.
I am someone who values commitment, but my inconsistency in trusting God with my burdens breaks my vow to Him. Since I am imperfect, I will likely continue to struggle from time to time. However, knowing how offensive this is to Him makes me more determined than ever to prove my commitment, by casting my cares upon the Lord and leaving them there. To be persuaded that He is able.
Amazingly, when we surrender our problems to Christ, they transfer instantly to the throne room in heaven, without us having to do anything but hand them over! He takes care of what concerns us, because He cares so deeply for us.
CARES WERE NEVER MEANT FOR US TO CARRY
THEY ARE MEANT FOR CASTING INTO NAIL-SCARRED HANDS
To see Part 1, follow this link to Trusting God is a Commitment