Casting My Cares...
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
I love that Peter, a fisherman by trade, used a fishing metaphor from his own experience as a way of coping with fear, anxiety, and worries. Most likely he had, with his brother Andrew and other family members, cast a net into the Sea of Galilee literally thousands of times. And as Apostle Peter, he counseled believers through the centuries to do with our cares what he had done -- cast them, throw them, pitch them overboard.
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God! David, Psalm 40:17
If you are like me, you may complete the metaphor and drag those cares back into the boat, rather than leaving them with Father. Oops. The point is that prayer can be for a follower of Jesus a regular time of "sharing cares." I get to sit with Father, tell him what is on my heart, release my worries into his care, and relax, knowing I am in his hand, and that he does care about what bothers me. In addition, I get to listen to Father, and hear what he cares about, what is on his mind. Life is replete with issues, small, medium and catastrophic. Knowing God through faith in Jesus includes the daily sharing of cares, me to him, he to me.
So, you’re trying to sleep, and it’s well after bedtime. But you’re tossing and turning and unable to get comfy. You notice you’re replaying the same scenario in your head. Some vision of tomorrow, of what might happen, how a hope could be dashed. If you’ve had this experience, you’re far from alone.
Researcher Lucas LaFreniere, Ph.D. said, “This is what breaks my heart about worry. It makes you miserable in the present moment to try and prevent misery in the future. For chronic worriers, this process leads them to be continually distressed all their lives in order to avoid later events that never happen. Worry sucks the joy out of the ‘here and now.’”
In his study on worry, participants were asked to record their worries and how they caused distress and interfered with their lives. Each night at 10 pm, they reported how much time they spent thinking on each specific worry throughout the day. Then, 20 days after that period, they reviewed each entry and reported whether any of the worries had become true.
The good news is, LaFreniere’s study found that in his survey of worrisome people, 91.4 percent of their worries never actually happened. Worrying caused only more misery and did nothing to help the worriers handle whatever they had been worrying about. This is mainly because the hotly anticipated events never transpired. Remember what Jesus said: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-34). **
Throwing that net overboard yet again, Perry Floyd
**Sarah Sloat, “Researchers Prove That What You're Worried About Isn't Likely to Come True” Inverse (8-4-19)