Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cast It

I love to travel, not only to experience life in another place, but to meet others.    Apparently, sitting close, very close, to one another in a plane for a few hours expedites the process of telling intimate details about life.    I got to know one couple in the air as I listened to their story, the good and the bad, the dreams and the nightmares, the beginnings and endings, all of it. Life had become too much to manage.
The thing is . . . the stuff of life seems to be coming at us faster than ever before . . . causing us to look for ways to manage it all, regardless of our story.
Cast your cares on the LORD  and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken (Psalm 55:22, NIV). 
Stuff happens. I’ve learned the hard way that it can control our thoughts, words, and actions. To be healthy, we need to be free of the pressure and power of the stuff coming at us. The Psalmist's words are worth taking some time to meditate on, cast your cares on the Lord.  To cast is to take action, literally meaning to throw and release all the stuff to God.  When we cast anything and everything, we are promised God will sustain us.  Nothing and no one has the power to consume us when we cast it all to God.  But.  There is a condition to this promise, we need to be righteous, to be right with God and others.  Put simply, when we do something against God and others, we need to make it right to be able to receive the strength of God.  Then, we will not be shaken, pushed, pulled, and controlled by the stuff.

Remember the stuff will not control you when you cast it all.
Take action.
Make things right.  Own what you have done against God and others. Confess what needs to be confessed. Receive the power of God's forgiveness. Ask for forgiveness where you need to be forgiven. Forgive what you need to forgive.
Face the stuff of life.
Cast it all . . . "God this is yours.  I give it to You."
Receive the sustaining, sufficient power of God.
Intentionally and gratefully walk in the gift of His strength today knowing the stuff is contained.
Learning to Kickstart the day casting it all,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)