Yesterday, we looked at the Biblical definition of the word anxiety and affirmed the truth that Jesus invites us to give Him our fears and concerns. Today, as we continue our study of what it means to meditate in the Lord’s presence, I want to talk more about the practice of casting our cares.
As we established in our last devotion, worry is bad for you — it affects your health, your relationships, your walk with God, and your overall well-being. That said, we shouldn’t sit idly by while stress and fear tear us apart. On the contrary, we should cast them away in a manner that swiftly gets rid of their destructive effects. Imagine if you had a spider on your shoulder; most likely you wouldn’t look at it crawling on you and admire its eight legs, waiting for it to bite. Instead, you’d be like, “AWWW, get off of me” and flick it away. This should also be true of how you treat worry and negative stress in your life.
I remember when I was on a missions trip to Panama and we were sleeping in a treehouse; a guy had warned us ahead of time that there was a rat problem there. Not thinking too much of it, I went to sleep and woke up with a rat crawling on me. Even though I was in his space and not lying on the ground like a normal person, I didn’t take too kindly to that rat. Instead of gently removing him, I took him in my hand and chucked him out of the tree house — I cast him away. Why? Because I knew he had the potential to be harmful to my health and because he was really gross! Though it’s an unlikely illustration, this is a great visual of how readily you should get rid of anxiety and fear as they try to invade your space.
Friend, what are you worried about today? What’s the weight on your shoulders? I invite you to enter the Lord’s presence through meditation and give it back to Him. In this life, you will inevitably keep taking stuff on, but I encourage you to go into His throne room every day and cast your cares on Him. As you do this, your thinking will become clearer, your health will improve, you will be more productive, and you will have more joy. Jesus wants to carry your burdens for you, so right now, let Him lift the weight from your back and feel the ease of being light and free once again!