How to release worries
As I’m doing boring tasks at the kitchen sink, I often glance outside the window above my sink to see what is going on outdoors. Usually, there is nothing interesting to see beyond a occasional car driving up or down the street. But, the other day, as I unloaded my dishwasher I was struck by the rainwater sliding down my neighbor’s roof, through his gutter system and rush from a pipe near the ground. The water was flowing so fast, it reminded me of a water fall.
As you know, water that remains on a rooftop can cause disintegration and possibly an indoor leak. In fact, the GutterGuys.com website (yes, I’m anal enough to research this) says “once water penetrates the outside of your home it will not take long before it enters the interior and starts to cause visible damage there.” Funny how life mirrors the spiritual, isn’t it?
Think about it. Whoever invented the home gutter system knew rainy days would eventually come. So he created a solution. Likewise, your Heavenly Father knew “rainy days” will visit your life as well; so, HE created a system. Problems affect us in many ways. Some eat, others don’t eat, some sleep, many cannot sleep and all are indications of “visible interior damage”. Then, before you know it, the “visible interior damage” manifests itself as disintegration of your spirit-or possibly even depression. When you feel this way, it’s time to run to the Lord’s system or plan.
His system includes prayer and the act of casting. I don’t mean casting of a fishing line, but, casting your worries on Him. He wants you come to Him and tell Him what is troubling you. Then He will speak life directly into your situation and give you the strength to manage. He may speak to you through scripture, or directly into your stilled spirit or even through a worship song.
Secondly, cast your care on Him. Don’t continually worry; don’t try to analyze the situation, and don’t talk about it all the time. Instead, pray about your problems and then allow the stress, struggle and strain to cascade from your heart like the rain water gushing from a gutter.
1. Psalm 55:22Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
2. 1 Peter 5:7Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.
I’m talking to you as well as myself, Godsy Girl. I am in a terrible life season of plagued by pain, disappointment and worry. But, each day (or several times a day), I run to the mercy seat of prayer. There, I can hurl my troubles on the Lord. Hey, whatever comes, God is a very present help in time of trouble and He is able to bring comfort, peace and joy at the onset of a trial, in the middle of the trial and after the trial has passed. I’m convinced everything will be alright.
Whatever your struggle, allow the anxiety to slide out of your spirit and onto the throne of God. After all, He is the only one that can really fix it, anyway. You cannot, so why worry about it? Amen? You are loved, Godsy Girl.