Posted by: Terry | December 20, 2015

The challenge of casting cares

IMG_1789For the last 14 days we have been obsessed by the water in our basement which has produced fears and frustrations, emotions and physical exhaustion.  “Cast your burdens on the Lord and he will sustain you.” Standard, sometimes trite, advice that Christians give to each other, along with “Give it (your problem) to God.” How do you do that? When you have been vacuuming water for 20 hours and rain is predicted for the next 24 hours, you are tired and worried, and your home is damaged. Give it to God? We have both struggled with this, “Do not be anxious…” But how?

In August I set out to explore what it would mean to “Live the Lord’s Prayer.” Since then I have read, pondered, meditated, studied, and listened to sermons on the Lord’s Prayer. What has surprised me is that I can not get beyond the first line of the prayer, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name.” That concept permeates the rest of the prayer, and I have discovered, all of life.

A tearful child brings a broken possession to daddy, she hands it to him, receives assurance that he will take care of it, then, based on her past experiences of daddy’s repair work, she stops crying and skips back to her room – the burden has been transferred. Her relief is in direct proportion to her perception of her daddy. So it is with us and our Father.

Every challenge that we face is an assessment of our faith and out understanding of God the Father. Do I really believe that God knows about my problems and cares? Does God have the desire and the ability to work all this out? Do I grasp that in the grand scope of things my learning to trust Him is more important than the water? Do I appreciate that being at peace in crisis brings me closer to my Father? Do I appreciate that the crisis brings other people into my life and I see in them the heart of Christ in ways I never do when things are going smooth?

I have also discovered that I can not manufacture peace in me, I guess that is the whole point. There is no way to force peace, but there is a way to give up worry. If “anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards (recompenses) those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). If we believe that all things work to conform us to be more like Christ (Romans 8.28,29). Then we can experience the promise, of “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:7 NIV)

My basement has flooded, but my Father is in Heaven and worthy of praise. The carpet is torn up, but my Father is in heaven and his purpose will be done on the earth. The cabinets are torn out so they can jackhammer an expensive perimeter drain, but my Father is in heaven and knows what it will cost.

“Our Father you are in Heaven, hallowed be your name… your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Even with my flooded basement.

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