“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
― Corrie Ten Boom
“Cast (throw upon, place upon) all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
As we made preparations to begin some home renovations, we realized we had to move at least five heavy pieces of furniture. Had it been just moving them across the room, we could have done it (my husband and oldest son have done a LOT of that over the past month as we’ve prepared for this project!). These pieces, however, needed to be moved up and down to different floors of our home. We decided it was WELL worth it to hire professional movers to do this job! Sure enough, within 35 minutes, the three of them had moved each piece of furniture without as much as breaking a sweat or scratching the walls!
It made me think about what WE carry, if what we carry is even meant to be carried by US, and how there is One who is much more capable of carrying our anxieties, burdens, worries, and loads than we ever could be, as the writer of “Amazing Grace” so vividly described:
“I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today,and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday’s stick over again today, and adding tomorrow’s burden to our load, before we are required to bear it.”—John Newton
May we remember and take the psalmist’s words to heart: “Cast (commit to His care) your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
OUR cares are best carried when they are committed to HIS care!