Cast your cares on Him!
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7
Do you ever wake up worried? That’s what happened to me today. I didn’t realize it at first. I felt a little edgy, but quickly dressed and headed out for my morning walk with my husband and the dog. Usually, this exercise results in me feeling more calm and relaxed, but that didn’t happen today.
As we walked, we discussed a few issues; our finances, kids, work. My tone quickly went from casual to heated. Now that I think about it, no wonder I began feeling anxious. Our finances are tight. With the exception of our 16 year old, our kids are spread out, living their own lives, doing okay, but way out of our grasp (okay…way out of my control!). And both Chris and I have a lot on our plates in terms of work.
We’re both being pulled in many directions, with the challenge of being independent, our own bosses. It’s a work style we choose, but it comes with its own set of challenges—time management, self-imposed deadlines that we can blur, working in our home environment that sometimes screams paint me, mow me, launder me, fix me!
We ended our walk with some prayer, as we often do. The right idea…but I kept interrupting our prayers with commentary, some exasperation and frustration, and chatter. By the time I got home I was feeling anxious and worried. I did what my husband calls emotional conversion. I think it’s also called displacement in some circles. I took my anxiety and worry, and tried to alleviate it by dumping it on someone else. In this case, it took the form of a text to my daughter that expressed my worry about her. Of course, if I had taken a deep breath and thought for a moment, maybe I would not have hit send with a message no one needs to receive first thing in the morning!
What I was really trying to do was take my own worries and get her to take them on herself, quickly; to own them, so I wouldn’t have to feel them. Pretty selfish, but probably not all that uncommon. The good news? My daughter was not engaging me. In response to my anxious words, she texted, “Don’t worry about it. Love youuuuuu.” I apologized for dumping.
I heard the words echo in my mind, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I took the deep breath I should’ve taken sooner, uttered a prayer of release and thanksgiving, and began to feel that peace that surpasses understanding. Ahhhhhh…
How about you? Do you ever hit the ground worrying? What worries you? What do you do to alleviate your worry? Do you have a favorite scripture that reminds you He can help? I’d love to hear from you!