“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you”I Peter 5:7
I remember so clearly the day I got a call from my dad with bad news. I sat down and listened intently to what he was about to say. He told me he was diagnosed with the “C” word and my heart seemed to sink down into my shoes. He said the prognosis was good and the doctors thought they could eradicate the cancer through surgery. He did not seem overly concerned, but I knew he was as scared as I was as well. I held back my tears and tried to remain strong until after the phone call ended, and I told him that I would be praying for him.
I put down the phone and I wept into my hands, pouring out my heart to God. I told Rebekah and I called my pastor and asked him to pray. It was hard to go on as if everything was normal as the “C” word just hung in the air. I could not stop thinking about what my dad had just told me, and I knew I had to do something even though I felt helpless at the time.
Our church had previously scheduled a special prayer meeting, and I was excited to go. I would sometimes go to these prayer meetings and after a solid five minutes, find myself fast asleep and drooling on my arm. I would feel embarrassed and ashamed, but quite rested. This time was different as I kneeled there in front of that pew. My heart was heavy as I knelt to pray, and I opened up to God with a heart full of fear and pain. I cried out to Him as I took the burden that was on me and gave it to him. I am not sure how long I was kneeling there, but I did not fall asleep. I got up relieved with tears of joy streaming down my face as I could feel the burden was no longer on me, but on Him. I learned that day that I serve a God who cares for me, and a God who is never too busy or tired to hear my plea. My relationship with God grew stronger that day as I realized He was there all along, patiently waiting for me to see that I was holding onto cares that were never intended for me to hold onto. My pride and sinfulness had kept me from giving this to my Heavenly Father as I foolishly depended on myself to come up with a solution.
What cares are you carrying on your shoulders today? What fears do you need to give to God that you have been carrying around far too long? Do you know that He cares for you? Have you cried out to Him and asked Him to help you? Have you transferred your burdens onto His shoulders? Do you realize that He is always available, not just in times of crisis and despair? Oh friend, may you come to know Him as your loving Father and a Friend who truly cares for you. I am thankful that no matter what I may face in life, I have a God who cares for me. Will you trust Him today? The world has no answers for your heartache but Almighty God is just a knee away from giving you a peace that the world cannot give.