My journey with Christ has been….trash. I don’t pray daily. I’m always conflicted on what or how to pray for myself. I’ve also experienced so much. During my times of struggling (I’m struggling all the time, by the way), I felt like God really wasn’t out here for me. I would pray and be intentional in my prayers. Yet, I would always end up in the same cycle of struggling!
A few Sundays ago, my pastor preached a message about casting. What is casting? The dictionary definition: “to throw or hurl,” “to shed or drop,” “to part with; lose.” I’ve always heard the saying to “cast all of your cares on the Lord.” It never registered to me the gravity of that quote until I was listening to the sermon on that Sunday.
Psalms 37:5 “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.” (NLT).
When it comes to committing to anything, it takes time for me. Committing to the Lord is no different. I… half commit. Sometimes, I think I am fully committing to God but it’s never long lasting. Remember how I told y’all I ride the struggle bus in being consistent? When God asks us to commit, He wants us to fully commit. Think about it: when has God ever half or partially done anything for us? He does all things in full! I know that I take advantage of His fullness on a daily basis. And it’s not right.
Psalms 55:22 “Give* your burdens to the Lord and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (NLT)
*Cast is used in the KJV
Both verses from Psalms are similar. However, each verse differs. In Psalms 37:5, we are asked to commit everything. This verse, Psalms 55:22, says we also need to give everything that is burdening us to Him. There is nothing the Lord doesn’t know about us. He knew us before we were even placed in our mother’s womb. God is really simple when you think about it. All He asks for us to do is just give Him the baggage we have and He will take care of it. I’m a very pessimistic person, mainly because so much has happened to me. I’ve experienced great loss, depression, and childhood trauma. The latter part of the verse says “He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Here is where my fear/pessimism comes into play. I’ve fallen, slipped, busted my soul down to the white meat! But after listening and processing this part of the verse, I finally understood. I wouldn’t have slipped or even fell had I just gave all of my burdens to God and let Him do the work. My problem is that I like to feel like I’m in control. It doesn’t work like that! Again, God’s simplicity is unmatched. Committing and actually giving everything that burdens me is all I really need to do.
1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” (NLT)
Okay, Lord. This is the THIRD time you have asked us to give it all to You! Anytime something is mentioned multiple times throughout the Bible, we need to listen. For me during the sermon, it was a sign of reassurance. When God says He is going to do something, He truly means it. How refreshing is it to know that there is an all-powerful and loving God that is willing to carry your worries and cares? And a God that has the desire to fix them for you!
Matthew 6:25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life— whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” (NLT)
This final verse struck a nerve for me. Honestly, it was as if Jesus literally sat next to me and said “Listen, Gabby. Hear what I am trying to say.” I am always worried about everything. I really try not to; but because of the fear of experiencing failure again, I can’t help my worrying. My situation is far from ideal. I am a stereotype in more ways than one. Because of this, I am mentally exhausted. Jesus asks if life is more than food and my body (which is also not at its healthiest right now) is more than clothing. I know that it is. However, given all that I am conflicted with, it doesn’t feel like there is more to my life than what it is right now. Things seem so bleak right now and right in the moment. It’s very difficult to focus on the greatness that is ahead. Jesus knows this and that’s why He asks us to give whatever it is that is going on inwardly and outwardly to Him.
Having a spiritual self-reflection is never easy. It requires a ton of accountability and forces you to see what needs to be fixed. A spiritual walk with the Lord stops when it is your time to no longer be earthly present. This reflection within myself has shown me how I can grow. The beauty of it all is that God knows we are going to mess up. We must take each day as an opportunity to try to do a little better than the day before.
Feel free to discuss how these verses effect you and your life in the comments.