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. Having just graduated from seminary, Lori and I needed to move from the place we had rented for four years. I had resumes scattered throughout the country, but was getting no response; or rather, I was getting a response--"No." We thought we would be looking for a place to live and minister in another part of the country. But, for the time being, we were staying in Dallas. It was a discouraging stretch of my journey.
These were the days before God blessed us with children, but for some reason there was a Psalty the Songbook cassette in our car, left after a visit from Lori's sisters or my nieces. The Psalty series was a children's Christian "musical." I inserted the tape 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 child'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 a tape left behind in order to tenderly remind me that I could throw all of 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 really does care for you ... He really does.
Father, thank You for reminding me of Your care that hot day in Dallas. Remind those reading this passage of Your care for them as well. In Jesus' name. Amen.