Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.
Once again I find I wish I knew Hebrew. Where the NIV says “sustain you,” the Japanese says, “be concerned for you.” That makes Peter’s statement a direct quote: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) “Anxiety” and “burden” are indeed synonymous in many situations. Physical burdens are often easier to bear than emotional burdens. At the very least, we know how to let go of a physical burden, but emotional burdens are much more difficult to let go of. Often we think we have let go of something and then turn around and discover we are anxious about it again. This is a major test of faith and trust. We aren’t to use “releasing things to God” as an excuse for laziness, but we need to remember that God will enable us to do our part if we will ask Him, and all the things that are out of our control are not out of His. Anxiety kicks in because we want to be in control and we have trouble trusting that He is in control. We are to be faithful to do what He shows us, but leave control in His hands.
I am in yet another training session on this very point. There are many things happening, and sometimes I tend to withdraw emotionally from it all. The problem with that is that such an attitude makes me unlikely to do what my part is in what is going on. A case in point is the church bazaar that is planned for a week from today. I’m not big on bazaars in the first place, but we have a LOT of stuff we need to get rid of, and anything that can be converted to cash for the church would be a huge plus. The problem is, we’ve been focused on getting the stuff ready to sell and haven’t done any publicity. When that hit me, sleep went out the window. Right now, I need to remember that God has thought about this more than I have, and reach out to Him for His plans from this point forward. It’s probably that He originally planned for us to be publicizing this from a couple of weeks ago, but we can’t go back in time, we we need to know and follow His best from this point. The amazing thing about God’s plans is that even when we miss them, He rearranges them for the best possible outcome from whenever we turn to Him in obedience. I need to be active today in what He wants me to do today, and leave the results up to Him. Withdrawing into my cocoon doesn’t accomplish anything good.
Father, help me forgive myself for my inaction. Not really wanting to do a bazaar is no excuse for failing to do it right when it’s been decided. I ask for clear guidance in creating posters quickly this morning, so I’ll have them to take to the nursing school and rehabilitation school and Cathy will have one to take to her rehab, not to mention getting one up on the church bulletin board on the street. Show us how to work effectively so we won’t be spinning our wheels. May this be good training for me in simply getting off my butt and doing stuff, so that You may guide me in doing Your will on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!