You are a container. You contain things…. good things, ugly things.
Angels, too, are containers. But angels only contain wholesome goods, like trust and peace and joy.
Christians contain way less bad stuff than unbelievers, but nonetheless our cache is large. Within us are anxieties, lots and lots of anxieties. If an angel were to reach inside and pull out anxieties one by one, he would be amazed at the number of boxes he fills. How could he/she hold so much stuff?
There’s the big worries, like, Will I marry the right one? and, Is my loved one going to recover? and, Is my rebel teen going to get through this? and, Is that tumor cancerous?
There’s the nagging apprehensions, like, Do they think I’m okay? and, The boss seems edgy lately. and, Will I have enough? and, Does ‘Pastor’ Whoever like me?
And there’s plenty of little guys: Will I say something stupid? and, Gas is up again! and, Lord, did I do enough today? and, The insurance is due this month.
Peter: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
We must learn to be cast-aways. No, not the castaway alone on an island, but the one who learns to cast away anxieties before they damage us. Fling before they sting.
Anxieties injure soul and body. Anxieties cause us to fall short, walk into calamities, love less. Faith brings good, fear attracts bad. Answered payer requires faith, and we cannot believe with a heart full of cares.
Jesus sometimes got angry, but never was He anxious. He took His time, but was never late. His trust in the Father was His sufficiency and cut His path through life.
Listen to JESUS: “…. nor have an anxious mind…. let not your heart be troubled…. My peace I give to you…. I will never leave you.”
Only cast-aways can follow Him closely. To ‘let go and let God’ is difficult but essential. To abide in Jesus we must trust Jesus.