“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you”
How many times, O Lord, have I seen You sustain me during times of stress and trouble? You have proven Yourself reliable over and over again.
Sometimes when I cast my cares on You, You actually change my circumstances, so the cause of my worry disappears. That is always appreciated, and often the solution I am seeking. But there are many other ways You effect ‘sustaining’ me!
At times You don’t change the circumstances, but You change my perspective. You allow me to see things from a different view. It’s like when a toddler runs to their mother and is picked up and held in her arms. The child can see from a higher, safer perspective than from the height of a child. Looking down from that height, the bad things don’t look so big and overwhelming.
Another way You sustain me is by simply being with me. Maybe the circumstances don’t change, and my perspective is the same; but the fact that You are near me, encouraging me, comforting me, reminding me that You are in control and that I can trust You, is what gets me through the hard time.
Sometimes You distract me with a blessing in one part of my life that so outweighs the rest, the worry fades in significance. Sometimes You teach me to choose my battles, and show me that in relation to the bigger picture, I can let go of this worry. At other times You impress upon me the lessons I’m learning in dealing with the hardship actually outweigh the difficulty in getting through it. And still other times You create a surprise ending through the struggle that works out even better than I could have ever imagined!
It is still not easy when challenges and troubles come. Truth be told, I’d prefer to avoid them altogether. But You have shown me that You can work good out of anything when I trust You. I know that no matter what, You will sustain me.
YOU – the all-mighty, all-knowing Creator God, who has the power and resources of the universe at His disposal, will sustain me.
You WILL – a certainty because of Your faithfulness to Your promises and Your unchangeable character and Your unfailing love for me, sustain me.
You will SUSTAIN – keep, preserve, defend, support and encourage, zealously guard and treasure, me
You will sustain ME – Your child, Your servant, one who loves and worships and believes in and trusts in You.
YOU WILL SUSTAIN ME! And I will praise You! Thank You. Amen