Yesterday I got a text message from Queen Lizzy (you know, the one who rules England). She said, “Tell me everything ur worried about. Hand the burdens over to me. I really care about u.”
“Cast all your anxiety on Him (God) because He cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Even more crazy, but it’s true.
Personally, I tend to either take this completely for granted, or swing wildly the other way and feel like God doesn’t care at all.
What I should do is stay in awe of the fact that God takes the time and effort to share my burdens, and hang onto Him and not let go.
It’s the level of detail that really gets me, when I bother to properly think about it. The Bible says “cast ALL your anxiety on Him”.
Not only the big things, like my career (or lack of it). Whether my book will ever be published. Whether I’m saving enough money. Whether I’m making the right decisions.
All my anxiety. Every little bit of it.
How I’ll finish my Christmas shopping. How I’ll survive work today. Stressing that there’s no garlic bread left in the freezer (don’t laugh – we take garlic bread seriously in our home).
Why does God say ‘all’? Because He’s interested in ALL of me. He wants to know me. He wants to help me with my burdens. He wants me to trust Him. It’s all about intimate relationship.
Same goes for you.
And why would He want that?
Well, that’s a terrific question. We sure don’t deserve this kind of nitty-gritty attention. That’s what makes it so mind-blowing.
So, we have the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God willing to take on our worries and… we’re still holding onto them?
I often have to peel my fingers away from whatever is stressing me out, but I’m finding that it’s worth it. Pinky finger by pinky finger.