It’s been a tough day, mentally and emotionally. Have you ever had one of those? You know the kind; when you just can’t quiet the voices or still the replay of the scene. It seems to play over and over, growing with each lap made in the memory bank of your mind.
That’s where I found myself as I was driving home from work. Thinking. Wondering. Worrying? Trying to figure it all out.
I did my thing. I spent some time with God, but I was honest. I told Him straight up that this was an exercise in faith. More of a sacrifice of my time. Acting on what I believe to be true, even though I’m not sure how true it is at the moment, but knowing in the grand scheme of things, it really is all that matters.
So I picked up my love-to-read but hate-what-it says copy of Don’t Give Up by Kyle Idleman. I began reading about the time the disciples were in the boat with Jesus and a big storm arose, making waves that threatened the very lives of those aboard. They went looking for Jesus and found Him asleep.
Mark 4:38 tells us the question the disciples asked of Jesus, and if I’m honest, I ask Him the same question on many occasions. “Don’t you care if we drown?”
Because, we reason, if He did care, then why did he let us take the job, buy the house, marry the person. We wonder why a loving, all-powerful God would allow us to do something that would cause us more pain than we could bear.
Kyle talks about casting your care on the Lord, in the section about anxiety. 1 Peter 5:7 says Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Easy peasy. We’re all done here, right?
Yeah, not so much.
Kyle went on to explain that the word Cast here actually means to transfer.
What if we were able to transfer all of our anxieties onto Jesus? What would that look like? How would we conduct our lives if we truly believed that verse?
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure it would change the way I think. Make my decisions. Move out of the pain.
Transfer my stuff over on Him because He loves me that much.
What if we believed it was true?