Cast All Of It?
What is the most important part of each day? I imagine that we all have an opinion on this topic. C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, gave his take in this way: "It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind."
I don't know about you, but I still struggle with this. Even though God has quieted my heart thousands of times. Even though He has come through for me thousands of times, I still am drawn toward the wild animals. I wake up and look at the news alerts for the day. I let the wild anxiety of life rush at me. The latest number of COVID-19 cases and the most recent "limit down" for Wall Street can cause my heart to be gripped. God's quiet (yet ferociously strong) life seems to filter out. This time we are in is crazy; it is easy to join the fray.
But, one of Jesus' impetuous followers beckons me back. That rambunctious, brash, wild animal of a man Peter gives me the wisdom he learned after spending lots of time with Jesus: "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7, NIV). Friends, let me take a moment for myself and for you to ask you today to cast all of it on Jesus. We may be living in unprecedented times. Faith may be more scarce than toilet paper. But, we can turn to God - right now - and we can cast it all on Him. His perspective, His love, His beauty, His grace, His life will come flowing in as we talk to Him and remember that He cares for us!