This morning I woke up feeling terrible. My body ached exponentially. My mind and heart felt weary from cares. Before 7 a.m. I was in tears on the couch, overwhelmed by my state of circumstances which felt too big to carry further into the day.
In times like these, what are we to do? We still have a choice, in the midst of the overwhelm…
After the tears fell, and after sharing my distress with my husband, I reached out on social media to vulnerably share my heart and change my focus. Then I hopped in the shower.
There, surrounded by the steam and refreshing sprays of hot water, I heard the Word of the Lord from Psalm 55:22 play through my mind.
Immediately more at ease, I spent the rest of the shower reflecting on the words. Washing my hair became an involuntary task, so as usual, I probably came out not as polished as I could, but cleaner. And more peaceful. That’s what’s most important anyway…
Psalm 55:22 (NIV) says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”
Cast your cares. I’ve got lots of them most days. How about you? Why hold onto them and sit in the overwhelm of their nature, when we can cast them on Him who promises that His yoke is easy and His burden is light?
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) reminds us also to, “Cast all [our] anxiety on Him, because He cares for [us].”
He cares. That’s a good reason to give them over. But there’s more.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV) God says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you where ever you go.”
He will be with us. He’s given us a command and a purpose for our days. So we aren’t meant to sit in the yuck and overwhelm of anxiety, pain, and discouragement. Rise up in strength, with courage.
Can we do it? Yes! Psalm 55:22, again, says that He will never let the righteous be shaken…how does that comment make you feel inside?
I can honestly say that my initial response is, “but what if I don’t qualify as righteous? I certainly don’t feel very righteous in this moment. I just impatiently dealt with my kids; selfishly zoned out on the couch crying; angrily thought harshly of my husband. That’s far from righteous.”
Okay. Fair enough. But God says that our righteousness comes from Christ alone. I AM the righteousness of God through Christ, who died for me.
As I choose to cling to Jesus as my source of hope, strength, peace, and joy…and as I realize that my cares are not meant to be carried on my own strength…then the promise becomes mine to receive.
I will not be shaken, when I live life from a place of surrender, trust, and hope in Jesus and the promises of His Word.
This morning, I felt shaken. Until I changed my focus. Fixed my gaze upward and cast my cares on Him.
On my own strength, burdens and cares wreck me. Bring me to tears. Exude the ugly responses that I immediately regret.
Oh, my heart:
“Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him. Remember the wonders He has performed, his miracles and the rulings He has given.” (Psalm 105:4-5 NLT)
“[Our] help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.” (Psalm 121:2-3 NLT)
Dear Ones, Beloved of the Lord, may your hearts find peace and mercy as you cast your cares on Him today. Knowing that He cares for you, walks with you, and will not let you be shaken.