Sometimes my husband and I daydream together and imagine ourselves in some other place, an exotic place, a beautiful place, a relaxing place. Do you ever do that?
Well, last night we were imagining ourselves in a Swiss chalet in the alps, a fire in the fireplace, warm fleecy blankets, looking out the huge picture window at the snow-covered mountainside, without a care in the world.
Wait a minute. Did I just say without a care in the world? Wouldn’t that be nice?
But that’s the phrase that got me: “Not a care in the world.”
Immediately after those words left my lips, a thought flashed onto the screen of my mind.
“Casting ALL your cares upon Him.”
How many? All?
Well, if I cast ALL my cares on the Lord, then I don’t have any anymore. So, if I do that, TECHNICALLY, I don’t have a care in the world, and I don’t have to go to the beach or vacation in a Swiss chalet in the alps to achieve that. I can rest in my God who is my refuge in times of trouble.
It’s not that the troubles don’t exist anymore, they do, at least some of them. (Sometimes we invent troubles in our minds that never come to pass.)
But going on vacation doesn’t make the troubles go away either. We just take a break from them for a while, and then we have to face them again when we get back home.
So, what does it mean, then?
When I cast my cares on the Lord, they aren’t really MY cares anymore. Now they are His cares. The burdens are too heavy for me to carry. But they are NOT too heavy for HIM to carry.
When I cast my burdens on Him, I enter the protection of His refuge which is better than any mountain chalet.
He becomes my dwelling place, not just my vacation place.
I can safely walk and function in His loving care 24/7, knowing that He is strong enough to carry those burdens and wise enough to take care of those cares.
Wow, what a relief. I’ve carried these burdens for far too long. I definitely need His help.
You can have them, Lord Jesus.
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