Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. - Romans 12:12

Where Do You Cast? - A Look at Anxiety and Worries

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT
Clearly Caring Magazine, July/August 2005, Vol. 25, No. 4

Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

I dont know if you have ever been fly-fishing or maybe you have seen it on TV. When you go fly fishing you cast your bait way down the river and let it float. That way the fish does not see you and hopefully attacks the bait. I have that vision when we cast our anxiety on God. Do you give Him your anxieties and let them float away realizing He is in control or do you keep the bait close so you can pick up the anxiety whenever you want? If a fly fisherman keeps his bait close he will scare away the fish. If he allows the bait to float downstream he is more likely to catch a fish.

When we keep our anxieties close we are unable to look down stream. We focus on the anxiety and take our eyes off of God. When we give our anxieties to God and leave them there He does the work and we are better able to rest. I must confess I am good at giving God my burdens and worries, but I quickly take them back. Why wait on God - maybe I can figure this out myself? Do I really trust God to take my worries and take care of them? When I look closely at the above verse I often focus on the first part, cast all your anxiety on Him. The second part is almost as important if not more so. Because my God cares for me, He wants to carry my burdens and He wants me to bring them to Him. He cares about all my burdens, not just some of them. He loves me and wants me to share my worries and concerns. God certainly knows what is best for me and only wants the best.

So, I ask you Where do you cast? Once you cast your anxiety do you leave it with God or do you take it back? God cares for you and cares about absolutely everything you care about. He made you and He loves you. Give your loving Father all your anxiety and leave it there. May you rest in His perfect peace.


Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping Christian women make the most of their lives. She is the author of the on-line course, "I Can't Say No" and Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms, a free e-book. If you suffer from "I Can't Say 'No'" Syndrome, visit Kimberly's site today for the details on an exciting email course that's sure to set you free!


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