Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7 NIV
I am not good at casting a fishing line. It might take me several tries before I hear the click, click, click, and then plop, as the sinker, hook, and bobber fall into the water. But whether I am fishing by a quiet lake or in salty surf, the relaxation that comes while I wait patiently for the fish to bite is a welcome relief from the busyness of life. Problems are cast out with the line, and deadlines drown in the depth of the water.
God wants us to feel as relaxed and assured about casting our cares onto Him, as we do when casting a fishing line. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines casting as “causing to move or send forth by throwing.” God promises that we can send forth our problems, sadness, and difficulties to Him. We can then relax in His Presence, knowing that He is at work for our good. Just as He taught His disciples to cast out and receive unto themselves a great yield, He will provide blessings as we cast our anxieties onto Him. What else could we ask for than for a wonderful day of fishing with Jesus?
Dear God, today I choose to cast all of my anxieties and cares upon You, knowing that You care about me. Thank You for the peace that You send when we trust in You.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may…..grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” Ephesians 3:17-18 (NIV).
There is something about the water’s edge that calls us toward it. As children we ran toward it with abandon, skipping flat stones as we walked along, took a dip within its refreshing, sparkling goodness, or completely submerged ourselves in it. We marveled at its treasures, whether shells, smooth rocks, animal inhabitants, or the movement of the ripples or crashing waves. We learn from birth of water’s sustenance and necessity for life. I don’t think that fascination or love of its beauty ever stops.
As a senior citizen now, I reflect not only on the beauty of this magnificent creation of our great God, but also on the joy as the Lord has led me by the water’s edge of His great love—a love as deep and as wide as the ocean. He has filled me with the joy of His salvation and allowed me to drink deeply of His love and presence. I know that I am quickly moving toward that time when I will know Him even beyond the water’s edge, as I am completely immersed in my heavenly home with Him, a place of great glory and love so overwhelming that even now it is hard to comprehend in my finite mind. Now I can only feel the water at the edge, but our great God is leading me further and deeper into that great time of being with Him forever, where I will know more completely His great love for me.
Thank you, Lord, that You love us so much, more than we can comprehend. Thank You, too, for walking with us along the water’s edge of life. Help us to bless You in all we do. Amen
I love to walk with and write about our great God and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Now in my senior years, I can say, looking back at the joys, difficulties, and challenges of life, "I know that my Redeemer lives," (Job 19:25 NIV). I am a retired teacher and author of many published articles, and contributor to two books--God Still Meets Needs (Littleton)and Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Wilburn,Butts). I am also author of In God's Creation: Devotions for the Outdoors and In God's Creation: Devotions for the Beach. Both books are available on Amazon and www.booknofurther.com.