How to release worries … how to let go of problems and trust God. *sigh* That’s the question, right? 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 an occasional car driving up or down the street.
But, the other day, as I unloaded my dishwasher I was struck by the rainwater rapidly pouring down my neighbor’s roof, through his gutter system, and flowing speedily from a pipe near the ground. The water was flowing so fast, it reminded me of a waterfall. It was sort of pretty.
Yay! It is a good thing we have an outlet too!
It’s good the water was gushing not puddling on top of his roof.
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 won’t be long before it enters the interior and starts to cause visible damage there.” We had mold not long ago and I can attest – YOU DON’T WANT THAT!
Funny how life mirrors the spiritual, isn’t it? Think about it.
Whoever invented the home gutter system knew rainy days would eventually come and they knew the problems that could develop. So he created a solution.
Likewise, your Heavenly Father knew “rainy days” would visit your life as well; so, HE created a system too. Boy, do we need one, right?
How do problems affect you, Christian Woman?
Problems affect us in many ways – some good and some not so good. Thank God He has that system in place.
For me, I eat when I’m stressed out. Others don’t eat, some sleep, many cannot sleep and all are indications of “visible interior damage”. It’s the unrest or stress inside seeping outside into our behaviors.
Then, before you know it, the “visible interior damage” manifests itself as the disintegration of your spirit or possibly even depression.
Girl, you better use your “plan” so you can begin letting go of problems.
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 a fishing line, but, casting your worries on Him. He wants you to 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 it all. He may opt to speak to you through scripture, directly into your stilled spirit, or even through a worship song. I love when that happens. Music can be so soothing.
Let go of the problems in prayer.
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 that rainwater gushing from my neighbor’s gutter.
I’m so poetic, right? No? I agree, but here are some scriptures:
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.
I’m talking to you as well as myself, Christian Sister!
I am currently in a terrible life season 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 times 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 long 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. It’s the system He created for us!
Hey, I know letting go of problems is not hard. The difficult part is leaving them to God.
Why do that? Trust Him to fix it just as it should be. After all, He is the only one that can really fix it, anyway. You cannot, so why worry about it?
Amen? You are loved, Christian Woman.