All Your Anxiety on Him | 1 Peter 5:6-7
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
It was a particularly hot day in Dallas and I was driving around the city looking for an apartment. Having just graduated from seminary, Lori and I needed to move from the condo we had rented for four years. I had resumes scattered throughout the country but was getting no response or rather I was getting a response - “No.” We thought we would be looking for a place to live and minister in another part of the country but, for the time being, we were staying in Dallas. It was a discouraging stretch of my journey.
These were the days before God blessed us with children, but for some reason there was a Psalty, the songbook cassette, in our car left after a visit from Lori’s sisters or my nieces. The Psalty series was a children’s Christian “musical.” I inserted the tape and heard Psalty sing, “I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens down at your feet. And anytime I don’t know what to do; I will cast all my cares upon you.” With tears in my eyes, I played that song, based on today’s passage, over and over again. I had just finished four years of Greek, Hebrew, Bible and Theology courses, but it was a children’s song that delivered a needed promise of Scripture right to my heart.
I will never forget that day. God cared enough for me to orchestrate someone to leave a tape behind in order to tenderly teach me that I could throw all my frustration, fear and anxiety on him. If you are on a discouraging stretch of the journey, you have to know what I was reminded of that day - God really does care for you … he really does.
Father, thank you for reminding me of your care that hot day in Dallas. Remind those reading this devotional of your care as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.