Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
It was a particularly hot day in Dallas, and I was driving around the city looking for an apartment. I had just graduated from seminary and my wife and I needed to move from the condo we had rented for four years. I had résumés scattered throughout the country, but was getting no response or rather I was getting the same response--"No." Lori and I thought we would be looking for a place to live in another part of the country. But we were staying in Dallas. It was a discouraging stretch of my journey.
These were pre-kid days, but for some reason there was a Psalty the Singing Songbook cassette in our car. I plugged it in and heard Psalty sing, I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens down at your feet. And anytime I don't know what to do; I will cast all my cares upon you. With tears in my eyes, I played that song, based on today's passage, over and over again. I had just finished four years of Greek, Hebrew, Bible, and theology courses, but it was a children's song that delivered a needed promise of Scripture right to my heart!
I will never forget that day. God cared enough for me to orchestrate someone to leave a cassette behind to tenderly teach me that I could throw all my frustration, fear, and anxiety on Him. So, if you are on a discouraging stretch of the journey, you have to know what I was reminded of that day--God cares for you ... He really does.
Father, thank You for reminding me of Your care on that hot day in Dallas. Remind those reading this devotional of Your care as well. In Jesus' name. Amen.