Where do you
By Kimberly Chastain
“ Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.I
don’t know if you have ever been fly-fishing or maybe you have seen it
on TV. When you go fly fishing you cast your bait way down the river and let
it float. That way the fish does not see you and hopefully attacks the bait.
I have that vision when we cast our anxiety on God. Do you give Him your anxieties
and let them float away and realize He is in control or do you keep the bait
close so you can pick up the anxiety whenever you want? If a fly fisherman keeps
his bait close he will scare away the fish. If he allows the bait to float downstream
he is more likely to catch a fish.
I think when we keep
our anxieties close God is unable to work and we
are unable to even look down stream. Also, when
we keep our anxieties close we focus on the anxiety
and take our eyes off of God. When we give our
anxieties to God and leave them there He is more
able to work and we are better able to rest. I
must confess I am good at giving God my burdens
and worries, but I quickly take them back. Why
wait on God, maybe I can figure this out myself?
Do I really trust God to take my worries and take
care of them? When I look closely at the above
verse I often focus on the first part, cast all
your anxiety on Him. The second part is almost
as important if not more important. Because, my
God cares for me, He wants to carry my burdens
and He wants me to bring them to Him. He cares
about all my burdens, not just some of them. He
loves and wants me to share my worries and concerns.
God certainly knows what is best for me and only
wants the best.
So, I ask you “Where
do you cast?” Once you cast your anxiety,
do you leave it with God or do you take it back?
God cares for you and cares about absolutely everything
you care about. He made you and He loves you. Give
your loving Father all your anxiety and leave it
there. May you rest in His perfect peace.
© 2004 Kimberly
About the Author
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping Christian women make
the most of their lives. She is the author of the on-line course, “I
Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working
Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from “I Can’t Say ‘No” Syndrome,
visit Kimberly’s site today for the details on an exciting email course
that’s sure to set you free! http://www.christianworkingmom.com/online.htm.
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