You know that tear drop (or tear bucket) that has landed on your cheek?
It can be wiped away.
You know that anxiety that grips your soul like a vise?
It can loosen.
It is OK to let God take care of the little hurts AND the big hurts.
It is OK to let go.
Sometimes we believe that if we stop worrying and stop struggling with the tough issues, we’re abandoning those people we care about…those people experiencing the pain and struggles.
But you know what?
God has given us permission to let Him take those burdens.
He doesn’t expect us to fix everything. Heal everything. Worry about everything.
He expects us to release those cares to Him.
Here’s one way I’m learning this lesson…
I care about My Mom’s heart and the care she needs.
I pray about it.
I stay connected with her doctors.
I spend time with her.
That’s the easy part.
The hard part?
Releasing her physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs into the loving arms of The One Who Loves Her Most.
And then letting myself enjoy other parts of my life without feeling guilty that I’m not worrying about her.
I bet you know what I’m talking about, don’t you?
(That feeling guilty part is something we don’t talk about much though.)
Jesus told us that He came to give us life and give it more abundantly (…have it to the full…) (John 10:10)
He has called us to that life.
Which means that we need to release the cares, the hurts, the concerns, the worries to Him.
That’s the only way we can live abundantly, fully present, resting in His promises.
We still help. We still love. We still show up.
And of course, we still pray.
And…we live a joy-filled and faith-filled life KNOWING that God cares more about our loved ones than we do.
He’s got them covered.
We release and stop worrying.
We can breathe deeply. Peacefully.
God can take care of EVERYTHING.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (I Peter 5:7)