Wednesday, September 16, 2015
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
This is a verse that I think of often…because I struggle with worry and anxiety. This past month I’ve run that verse through my head over and over picturing what it means to cast those anxieties on Jesus who truly cares for me.
I picture myself throwing each anxious thought as far out into the ocean as possible since Jesus used many fishermen examples during His teaching time on earth. Watching fishermen from time to time…and doing some fishing with my dad early on…makes me think of how far out we would try to sling that piece of bait. We’d watch it go until we could see it no more and then picture it sinking close to the ocean’s floor.
This is what God wants for me with my anxious thoughts…thoughts about Lauren starting high school (which she loves!!!), Taylor having to walk onto campus alone and find her way independently (It’ll come in time.), figuring out the pickups each afternoon (Mike’s got this covered.), and teaching 2nd grade this year for the first time ever.
It’s been a season of newness and some scary firsts, but the Lord has brought peace each step of the way. I’ve gotten to see so many people offer their help without even asking. For example, I ran into the teacher friend who is going to open her classroom up to Taylor in the mornings at high school registration for Lauren. She said she’d be in her classroom early each day because her son is taking 0 period at the school every day. Guess what…this same woman is Taylor’s English and Social Studies teacher this year! When she and I talked at registration and she offered her room in the mornings, I truly felt like she was an angel delivered to me at that perfect time…and I told her so!I’ve spent some time in anxious worry, and this verse comes to mind squashing fears because I know God is going to take care of things. I slip into fear and anxiety often, and I’ve had to trust His timing to deliver answers and remind myself of His care for me.