Day 19

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

I Peter 5:7

Many of us respond to hurt, loss, and emotional pain by staying busy. If we are busy, then we do not have to think about the losses or pain that could easily engulf or beset us. In fact, some have even achieved great success, working furiously hard to escape the gnawing wounds festering beneath the surface. Now, due to an unexpected shutdown, we may find ourselves more often alone with our thoughts, memories, regrets, failures, grudges, hurt, pain, and loss. The whole idea of looking inward and evaluating our interior selves causes our breathing to change and our pulse to race. We are all too familiar with the sad memories or unhealed wounds; the last exercise we want to do is examine and evaluate them. God, on the other hand, may want to use this period of isolation to force us to face our demons once and for all. With the great Comforter guiding the process, digging deep to determine what issues still haunt us can bring healing, peace, and freedom. There is a picture that has circulated on the internet of Jesus walking with both arms full of suitcases and baggage. The byline says, “I’ve got this.” What a great image! Perhaps busyness is our way of carrying all the painful baggage, but Jesus wants us to give it to Him. He cares about us. He wants us to find rest for our souls. He’s got this!

Pray Psalm 116:1-9:

I love the Lord for He has heard

The cry of my appeal;

For He turned his ear to me

In the day when I called Him.

They surrounded me, the snares of death,

With the anguish of the tomb;

They caught me, sorrow and distress.

I called on the Lord’s name.

O Lord my God, deliver me!

How gracious is the Lord, and just;

Our God has compassion.

The Lord protects the simple hearts;

I was helpless so he saved me.

Turn back, my soul, to your rest,

For the Lord has been good;

He has kept my soul from death,

My eyes from tears and my feet from stumbling.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord,

In the land of the living.

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