Posted by: bellissimanh | September 27, 2007

Casting… Waiting… Soaring!

Blackaby’s devotional today was SO good, and it cracked wide open for me what I think is going to be the key to my surviving the next several months as my church searches for a new pastor. I’ll post the devotional in it’s entirety – because it was THAT good – and then I’ll share the way God used it to speak to my heart this morning.

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Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

As you’ve no doubt discovered, becoming a Christian does not make your problems go away. But it does give you an Advocate to whom you can take every concern. The Christians Peter addressed were facing persecution. They did not know whom they could trust; a friend, a neighbor, or even a family member could betray them, resulting in suffering and even death. But Peter had walked with the risen Christ, and he had personally experienced the love that Jesus had for His followers. He knew that Christ was in control, capable of handling every trial and that He wanted to do so as an expression of His love.

Casting our cares is a choice. It means consciously handing over our anxiety to Christ and allowing Him to carry the weight of our problems. At times this is the most difficult part of trusting God! We don’t like turning over the responsibility for our problems. We have been taught that self-reliance is good and praiseworthy. We may even enjoy worrying. Yet if we are to be freed from the burden of our concerns, we must choose to cast them into the strong hands of our Father.

Peter does not distinguish between little cares and big cares. God does not differentiate between problems we should handle on our own and God-sized needs. He asks us to turn them all over to Him. One of our greatest errors is to assume we can deal with something ourselves, only to discover that we really can’t.

God sees you as His frail child, burdened with a load that surpasses your strength. He stands prepared to take your load and to carry it for you. Will you let Him?

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What a timely word for us! Searching for a pastor is such a huge thing… and an area in which we may be tempted to work in our own efforts, rather than wait on the Lord. This section really spoke to me:

“We don’t like turning over the responsibility for our problems. We have been taught that self-reliance is good and praiseworthy. We may even enjoy worrying.”

I think this can be true in our search for the man God has picked out to shepherd our flock. We have our own ideas about what we want for a pastor… what he should be like… even where he should come from. The most difficult part of this whole process is letting go of what we want and think is best and learning to see what GOD wants for us. We DON’T like turning over the responsibility for our problems, because we think that we have the solution ourselves.

But what a critical time this is for us to wait on God. He has really been impressing on me this week to totally trust Him in this situation… and to let go of what I want and do not want, so that I can be free to receive what He wants to give us. If I hold on to my own ideas of what should happen here, then my vision is going to be clouded and I won’t see clearly what HIS vision is. I don’t want that… I want to know what He wants and be obedient to move in that direction. I don’t want my spiritual vision to be blurred by my own desires, or even what I THINK is best. His ways are so much higher and more righteous than mine. Time after time I have seen Him perform miracles and wonders in my life that I never could have anticipated, or even believed at one point… He has ALWAYS been faithful. And He always WILL be. It’s time to sit back, and let him – as Patty said the other day – “show up and show off!” 

The waiting period between when one pastor leaves and when God calls another can seem exhausting, but I think we make it that way. See, He has promised us:

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

And so I think that when we become weary in the process, and tired of the “interim” period, it’s because we have ceased to draw our energy from the Lord. We may have stopped waiting on Him and instead tried to push things along in our own strength. This is true whether you’re searching for a pastor, or seeking direction on that new job, worried about your children, whatever… it applies to every situation in life. Where are you? Are you weary? Are you anxious? Cast your cares on Him… not only does He care for you, but as Henry says, He is more than capable of handling every trial and He wants to do so as an expression of His love!

I pray that each of us will be patient in waiting on the Lord, that we will release our desires so we can be free to receive His, and that as He “shows up and shows off”, we will be amazed and quick to give Him glory. He is so worthy of it! One more quote from Henry before I go…

Waiting with you,

Heather

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Responses

  1. Ooh….patience and worrying; two of the biggest drains on my life! I want it yesterday, and I worry about so many things that I can’t even list them here. Thanks for sharing that devotional with us.

    I am always encouraged when I am reminded that God wants to make our load easier to bear. We just have to cast our cares on Him for it happen!

  2. This is a lesson I’ve been learning this week. It truly feels so much better to give it over. I don’t know why we fight him for it.

  3. It seemed last year that Matthew 11 was the theme Scripture for us – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    Thanks for the devotional… as we go through this trying time of selling our house in a not so friendly housing market, I appreciate the call to cast my concerns and worries to the Lord:)

  4. And what will the lesson be opened to you that you would not have had the opportunity to learn if the word “wait” was not involved…
    One cool thing… we do not wait on the circumstance, situation, resolution… no… we WAIT ON THE LORD. Mind blowing…

  5. Heather,
    We all wait together then. Each for different needs but we are waiting on Him. I wrote this comment on my friend Jane’s blog just yesterday. Its so fitting here too!! He is totally dealing with us on waiting.. in HIS time. Not ours.

    “..I am in awe of how the spirit works in our lives. It put the awe in awesome. In waiting, we hope, have faith and trust more. ’tis so great to trust Him more! When we get there, we are going to look back with fondness how much we trusted Him here. We’ll look at our lives like a scrapbook with the Lord, remember that, Lord when I trusted you? Remember THAT night when you taught me how wonderful it can be to wait on you? Oh, I cant wait!”

    2Ch 20:12 … neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

  6. Gal 6:9-10
    9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
    NIV

    Blessings,
    Sue

    PS: Come check out my free giveaway- I think you’ll like it!

  7. Resting, waiting, and soaring seem to be the key words of the season! I keep hearing them mentioned again and again. It must be hard-wired into us to “go, go, go! do, do, do!” How we need to hear those words, “wait, rest, BE.”
    Thanks for the encouraging reminder.
    Jen


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