Have you ever gone fishing before? If so, you know how important it is to bait your hook and cast your line. These are two of the most important steps, because they’re key to attracting fish.
If you bait your hook, but fail to cast your line, guess what? You will spend a lot of time waiting for fish that will never come. Similarly, if you cast the line without any bait attached to your hook, you will produce the same outcome.
Most of us are familiar with 1 Peter 5:7. We’ve read it in church, probably even quoted it in our prayers, but how many of us can say that we’ve mastered the execution of this scripture? I know I haven’t. In fact, just recently I realized that I wasn’t really casting my cares and anxieties; I was playing tug-of-war with them. Through prayer, I would cast them and 3.5 seconds later, I would be devising a plan to remedy those same cares and anxieties. How does that work?
The Greek word for “cast” is “επιρριψαντες” and it means “to throw upon.”
It’s important to note that throwing our cares and anxieties on God doesn’t render us incapable of contributing to the solution. For example, if one of your anxieties is around paying your bills, you cannot cast that care and just expect God to pay the bills for you each month.
When you cast your cares and anxieties, you’re really casting the worry and fear that’s associated with them. You’re stripping those cares and anxieties of their power to steal your peace of mind and your joy. You’re saying, “I need help figuring this out, God, please order my footsteps.”
Remember- You cannot cast what you’re afraid of letting go
This is where trust comes into play. I trust that if I don’t cast my cares and anxieties, I’m going to jack something up. Lol, just kidding, not really. I trust that if I can rid myself of the stress, fear, worry and doubt that I can make wiser decisions and better navigate whatever challenges I’m up against. I trust that being properly aligned with God will position me for victory no matter what.
With trust comes surrender
It’s okay to stop playing tug-of-war with God. It’s okay to cast those cares and anxieties in full trust that God will equip, guide and strengthen you for the journey ahead. I believe that it is possible to live a life free of worry, a life free of stress, but it all starts with one action. Who’s ready to truly cast their cares and anxieties this week? I’m in, are you?