On a rainy Tuesday morning, some of my very best friends and I were discussing the highs and lows of 2015. Chatting over sweet lattes and bagels, we talked about the good times and the not-so good times of the year. We laughed about the silly things we did and laughed harder at the super dumb things we did. We talked about our successes and our struggles. We bonded over the fact that we all struggle with worry.
For some of us, worry is not just one thing – it’s a lot of different things. Worry about the future, grades, family, friends, boys, money, classes, time, health, etc. The list could go on and on. I worry about all of those things plus really dumb things like losing my keys, getting stuck in traffic when I’m late, the printer not working, and even not being able to find parking.
Sometimes, the worrying possibilities seem endless. But we serve a God who is BIGGER than our endless worry.
The God we serve loves us too much for us to stress over unimportant things– He does not want us to spend any of our time worrying! He wants to carry that for us. 1 Peter 5:7 says,
Cast all your burdens on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Another version says, You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon Him, for YOU are HIS personal concern. (I love the wording of that. We are God’s personal concern.)
Another Version says, Live carefree before our God; He is more careful with you.
He wants to take our worries, our cares, our burdens, and our anxieties. He want us to give them to Him so He can hold them for us – it is not our load to bear. And it’s not just that our burdens will be carried by another human being – it is that He, the creator of the universe, will carry these loads. Loads that may feel so heavy to us, but feel ever so light to Him.
He who is before all things.
He who is above all things.
He who created all things.
He who is our Savior.
He who knows and loves us.
He who came for us.
He who died for us.
He who rose for us.
He who intercedes for us.
He who will one day come again for us.
He will personally carry all our worries.
Why do we carry the heavy weight of worry when Jesus will do it for us? Why would we cling to our problems when our savior, the Lord of heaven and earth will do it for us? In 2015, I spent too much time worrying; I don’t want 2016 to look the same.
I am going to try and not worry about tomorrow because God is already there. He goes before us. I am going to try and remember that God promises to be with us no matter what happens tomorrow. I am going to try and live without fear because God has me on His heart at this moment. And he will not forget me – and he will not forget you either. I know that it won’t always be easy, but remembering all of this helps to make the decision everyday to trust in Jesus and His plan.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you.
Christ will sustain us – all we have to do is trust Him.
2016, I’m ready for you! I’m ready to fill your days with wonderful moments filled with peace, knowing that my Father in heaven will carry my burdens and holds my future.