Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health problems. It is estimated that one in 10 Canadians is affected by them. These disorders can be successfully treated so it is important to recognize the difference between being anxious in response to a real event, and an anxiety disorder which produces fear or distress that is out of proportion to the situation. People who suffer from anxiety disorders have lives full of unease and fear, which interferes with their personal and professional relationships.
Something amazing happens when we pray. Particularly when we are going through a very difficult time. We sense a peace that passes all understanding, just as the Bible promises. Twice in the past little while I have experienced that peace – once when I was going through an illness and once when a loved one was facing one of the most challenging circumstances in her life. Every time we prayed, there was a peace that flooded our hearts and calmed our minds. Peter had certainly experienced that. On the night Jesus was crucified, three times Peter denied knowing Jesus, just as the Lord has said he would. The next three days must have been miserable. And then Jesus showed up – the crucified, buried and resurrected Jesus. When He did, he came to Peter and restored him to ministry and leadership. Along with the other apostles, Peter would change the world. No wonder the apostle would write this in 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Peter found out just how much Jesus cared. So will we as we cast our cares upon Him. He loves you and will always grant His peace when you need it.
These have been words from the heart.