"...Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." I Peter 5:7
Christmas is over. After all the build up and preparation--it's finished. What are you left with? Well, let's see. There is a tree that is losing needles by the minute, lights and ornaments that are destined for the storage box to await their turn to shine next year, cast off wrapping paper, bags and bows that are beyond their usefulness today. That's what is "physically" left. But what about the emotional?
For many, we are left with memories--good and bad, and we aren't always sure what to do with them are we? Kind of like some of the gifts we've received. Some gifts we open are a pleasant and wonderful surprise--something we had always hoped for but never expected to receive. Others, however, are things we never asked for and have no idea what to do with. Ever receive a gift and in your mind you are thinking, "What in the world am I going to do with this?" What does one do with a painful memory or a disappointment that we have no idea how to handle?
Maybe it's not as complicated as it may seem. If I receive a gift that I have no idea what to do with, I look for someone who is familiar with that particular item and pass it on to them. Perhaps that what the scripture is telling us in 1 Peter 5:7. We are to cast our anxiety on him (Jesus). Why? Because he (Jesus) cares about us.
We are to give him the things we don't know what to do with. Why? Because he likes to collect stuff? No, because He cares about us. He knows that carrying around unnecessary baggage is not healthy. He's all about our health (physical, emotional and spiritual).
Need to do some "casting" today?