“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.”
My husband is an outdoorsman. For much of our courtship and engagement, I was spent with me traveling for up to two weeks of each month. We had somewhat of a long-distance relationship.
When I was home, we would spend all of our free time together. When I was traveling, the deer and the fish took my place.
When we got married and started putting all of our things in our new house, I was a little surprised at the number of fishing rods and deer heads in my home. It was then that I learned that you “need” a different rod to fish in the river and a different one to fish in the ocean. Another type would be needed for the lake. I think it is safe to say that he has always had more fishing rods than I have had pairs of shoes.
One time during our courtship, Dustin decided to take me fly-fishing (which also needs a different type of rod). He brought me waders (waterproof overalls) and wading boots (strange little hiking boots with felt bottoms) and of course, my own rod because we could not share.
I waded out to the middle of the river that was not warm. I might not have been wet, but I could detect the water temperature through my waterproof overalls, I mean waders.
Dustin put a fly on the end of my fishing line and then proceeded to show me how to cast my fly into the water. The further the line went the better or so I am told.
I played around with that spool and reel and I figured out how to cast like a pro in waterproof overalls. But Dustin has always been able to outcast me…I guess we will still be competing for the title of “Best Caster’ when we are old and gray.
But the idea of casting is interesting. You have to do it again and again and again. When you cast your fishing rod, you have a chance of getting a fish, but no promise of one.
For the record, when I fish, I tend to cast my line over and over again with rarely any reward on the end. But I don’t give up…I am told that the trying is part of the fun.
I may be the only one in this boat (pun totally intended), but I seem to also have to cast my cares on the Lord over and over again. The difference here is that when I cast my cares on the Lord, I receive His promises. He sustains me. He helps me not to be shaken.
That is not to say that my life becomes problem free every time I cast my cares on Him. For me, I have to cast my cares on the Lord often. Very often.
In order to cast my cares on the Lord, there are a few things I try to do regularly.
- Read my Bible. Reading my Bible daily helps me to put my focus on the Lord and His promises. This may seem easier said than done, but I can attest to it. There was a season of my life when I chose not to read my Bible regularly. It was right after Daniel died. I did not want to read God’s promises because they seemed good and my loss seemed not good. But once I started reading God’s promises again, my focus was able to turn towards the Lord and I was able to see Him at work in my life. It has not always easy to read these good promises while processing my loss, but it was good for my broken heart. It will be good for yours too.
- Pray. I may have stopped reading my Bible for a season of life, but I never stopped praying. My prayers consisted of mostly me talking to God and telling him that my heart was broken. I knew He could use everything for His good, but it was hard to see the good in my loss. God heard my prayers and He answered me. Not always with the answers I wanted to hear, but He answered. He carried me through and He wants to carry you too.
- Thank the Lord. I have always tried to find things to be thankful for, but after Daniel’s death, I realized that I needed to thank the Lord for Daniel even if his life had not been what I had hoped for. Sometimes it took all the strength I had, but it has been good for me to thank the Lord even for the hard things. I began to see that He was at work in my life even in the difficult situations. For instance, I had more compassion for others who were grieving – I knew firsthand how debilitating grief could be. I thanked Him for helping me to become more compassionate. I found that He was working in the midst of my loss and He is at work in your situation also. If you are still here on this earth, the Lord is not done with you – so thank Him for this day that you have been given.
You can trust in the Lord and keep casting your cares on Him. The Lord will sustain you. He will never let you be shaken. You may have to cast them over and over and over again, but He promises to never leave you. Believe in that promise today.
Psalm 105:4; John 16:33; 1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6-7