I remember when I was single, living in France just after college. Although I lived with a wonderful family, I missed my own. It was easy to feel bereft, lonely, and well outside my comfort zone. The daily mail was my lifeline. My brother and his wife lifted my spirits by sending a care package. I remember it had my favorite cereal that I ate every morning in the States. It was a little bit of home, but more than that, it reminded me that I was not forgotten. My family cared about me.
Our verse for today is a reminder of God’s care as well. He shows His care in so many ways that sometimes go unnoticed. But one very impressive way He cares is by shouldering all of our anxieties. He sees when we are bowed down with anxious thoughts and worries. He invites us to give them all to Him. We are to be “anxious for nothing” (Phil. 4:6) and we “cast” those worries on Him by prayer. He exchanges those anxieties and worries for His peace (verse 7).
It is amazing to me that God cares about how I feel. He knows my physical needs, He knows all of my thoughts, but even more, He knows exactly what I am feeling. And He cares. He is moved to compassion when He sees me stewing in my own worries. He offers peace but instead I keep hanging on to my anxiety. Somehow, my worries become a habitual thought pattern and it can be difficult to let them go! Why do I continue to worry when He is there to relieve me?
Thank you Lord, that You care enough to take away every anxious thought.