Casting My Cares
On Sunday we sang a new song during our worship time, a song called Cast My Cares by the amazing Tim Timmons. (If you don’t know his music and story I would highly recommend checking them out!)
In the week I came across Psalm 55:22, which says “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (NIV)
Instantly I was struck by the use of the word ‘cast’.
Every Monday, my wife looks after our niece at our house, which means that our son has to share his toys for the day.
Have you ever watched a toddler ‘share’ their toys?
There is that awkward moment when they pass it from one to the other; when both have a hold of it and neither want to let go of it.
Often this is how I feel when I hand my burdens over to God.
I know deep down that it would be better to give them over but somehow, I convince myself, that if I just hang on to them a little bit, I will still be in control. As the idiom says, it’s better the devil you know…
For a long time I was reluctant to let anyone pray for my asthma because I wasn’t actually sure that I wouldn’t rather put up with having asthma, and the inconvenience that comes with it, than have to figure out how to live if I didn’t have it anymore! Sometimes I’d rather hold on to the burden because it is safer to have it than to not.
But the Bible tells us to “cast our cares on the Lord”…
My uncle enjoyed angling and used to compete for Hampshire in long distance casting competitions.
When I looked up the definition for ‘cast’ it says: “to throw something forcefully.” The world record for casting a fishing line stands at around 300 metres.
God doesn’t want us to half hand over our burdens to him while we hang on to them just a little bit.
He wants us to throw them forcefully to him.
To give away all control of them.
To find out what it might be like to have them truly taken away from us.
To not hang on to them for just that little bit longer, as my son would say “just five more minutes, Daddy.”
To be totally free.