Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
This is a hard blog for me to post. God told me when he gave me Marred in The Masters hands that I was to be transparent to what I was feeling and to what I was going through. Or went through. He said to me that other people in the world is struggling with the same thing as you or their struggling with something that’s burdening them down. I remember one of my biggest complaints to God was the feeling of having to wear a mask (especially at church) that I had to cover up when I was hurting inside and on the occasions when I couldn’t wear that mask. Walking away feeling like my faith wasn’t up to par with those around me.
This verse in 1 Peter says that we can cast our cares on the Lord, because he cares. He cares about what we think and how we feel, he cares about our anxieties and all of our fears. This scripture gives us so much comfort because we know that no matter what we go through we can take it to God. We can tell him about our frustrations at the job, the problem with the spouse (or lack of for all my single people like me) we can cast the fact that we’re struggling with sickness, hopelessness, even defeat. This has been one of the hardest darkest seasons that I’ve had to go through and I realized today that I was feeling resentment towards God. Yes, towards God. I was resentful of the fact that I watched him move speedily for others, but I still had to wait. I was resentful of the fact (at least in my opinion) that God heard and answered those who wasn’t trying to please him or live for him. I was resentful of the fact that because I don’t have kids then people assume that I don’t struggle, but most of all I resented the fact that I felt as though I have to wait longer than those around me for something others take for granted. Guess what though… God already knows all about what I’ve been feeling (and about what you’re feeling) and he’s telling us to cast it on him even if what you’re feeling is resentment towards him. To cast means to throw something forcefully in a specified direction. So when we cast something we do it forcefully. Do you know what that tells me? That we don’t have to be timid around God and skirt around our issues because we feel as though we’re doing a disservice to God by telling him how we truly feel. Here’s a secret. God can take it, but what he can’t take is us holding on to what is burdening us down. Think about it like this. If you were to see someone carrying a load of boxes and you can tell that this person is burdened down and it’s hard for them to take another step, let alone continue to carry the load. You offer to help but they refuse because they feel as though they can carry it on their own. Isn’t that the same way we treat God. He sees us loaded down with so much and he’s ready and willing to take the load. The scripture even says in Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. That is another thing casting our cares on the Lord does for us it lightens our loads! How can you or I walk effectively carrying that heavy load. We weren’t meant to carry such heavy burdens but God is. So give it to him!!
When God gave me Marred in the Master’s hands. He told me so many of my people is hurting. They’re marred, their in my hands but they are marred. I asked the Lord why is that? He told me because so many times my people only see the finished product, but they don’t see the process that I had to work in the lives of others, he told me that if we start showing people the process and not just the finished product, then so many of his children wouldn’t be so discouraged during their own process. God says that you are still in his hands as marred as you are he’s sculpting something beautiful out of your life, but first we must cast every single care upon him… he can take it!!!