Thursday, February 27, 2014

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”

The kids like to toss rocks into the river when we stop in Glenwood Canyon on our drives to the western slope of Colorado.
We always stop at the same rest area in the canyon because there is good access to the Colorado River and the kids like to pick up rocks of different sizes and toss them into the river.  They like to see how far they can throw them and how big a splash the rock will make.
Once the rocks are thrown, they sail through the air for a moment and they sink into the river never to be seen by us again.
Wouldn't it be great if we could toss our worries and anxieties into the river like those rocks?  How far can we throw them and how big a splash will they make when they fall into the deep flowing waters?
This simple verse reminds us that we can.  Peter calls us to toss or cast our anxieties away, onto Jesus, onto God and leave them never to be seen by us again.  Our Lord waits with open arms, with deep flowing love to accept as many worries and anxieties as we have because he cares for us; He loves us beyond measure.
The Colorado River does not care how many rocks my kids and the thousands of other kids throw into it, the river can handle it without a problem.  God willingly accepts however many anxieties we throw or cast to him, he can handle whatever we throw his way, no problem.  Let go and walk into this day feeling lighter and freer.

We cast our anxieties to you only to wade back into the stream and seek out our rocks again.  Gently remind us that you hold them for us and we no longer need them, you will carry them without a problem.  Open our hands to receive the mercy and love you have for us, replace anxiety with peace, fear with hope, sadness with joy.  I ask these blessings on each of us and pray we will share these things with those around us today.  Amen.