Who Holds The Remote

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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Insight

The evacuees in our household are getting restless as we wait for the green light to head home to Wilmington, NC and rebuild. For the most part, my two daughters have been understanding and flexible regarding our situation.

The only time when they bicker is arguing over the television remote. One likes Disney Channel while the other loves to binge watch HGTV. One loves comedies while the other enjoys dramas. They know that she who holds the remote holds the power. To release their grip on the clicker means letting go of their authority and control. They resist this with all their might and have on occasion swiped it back when the other wasn't looking.

I understand in light of what many are facing that this squabble is very trivial, but it highlights how we tend to treat our prayers as well as our response to our circumstances. In the Christian world, we say things like casting our cares onto Him. Many of us struggle to do so and instead "clutch the clicker" by trying to deal with things on our own.  If we do put the controller down through prayer, we keep our eye on the remote and swipe it back if we don’t trust that God is going to take it and deal with it to our liking.

We want answers now and we struggle with our patience. We lose heart when things don’t seem to be moving fast enough and we are not sure how much longer we can endure or how much longer we can persist in something. But, we must endure. We can’t lose heart. We have to be persistent. Our job is not to figure out how things will unfold, but to simply keep praying and trusting God with the outcome.

Casting our cares means letting go completely and allowing him to carry our burdens. EVERYTHING. Lay it down for good. All our concerns. All of our disappointment and pain. All our fears. All our hopes and dreams. All the things that keep us up at night. We give them over to God and He will give us rest and comfort.

We’ve got to stop asking God to get us out of things and ask God to get us through instead. God may not change our situation, but He always changes us. We are not anxious. We are not wigging out. We trust that we are His and He has us.

Reflection

  • What does it mean to cast your anxiety and concerns to God? How difficult is it for you to do so and why?

  • What causes you to lose heart in situations you are praying for?

Prayer

God, I know you command me to cast my cares to You. But, I must confess that I am afraid to let them go. Rather than trust, I worry. Rather than rest, my mind wanders. So, today give me peace in these situations. Instead of changing the situation, change my heart. Instead of transforming my circumstances, transform my mind. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

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