Sunday, January 24, 2010

Casting the Cares

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7

When I was young, my Daddy's brother made cast nets to sell. I loved to look at them. I loved the tied knots and the shiny string from which they were made. I always wanted to play with one, but for my Uncle Fred, cast nets were not meant to be the play things of little girls.

Later as a teenager, I had the opportunity to watch my Daddy throw a cast net. I watched as, standing in the small boat, he flung the net far from himself -- a holey parachute of net and knots crashing into the water of the bay. How he did this without falling out of the boat amazed me.

The main point of a cast net, however, is not primarily the casting. It is the pulling it back in again. When you pull the net back in, hopefully it is full of sea creatures waiting to be transformed into a delectable dinner.

The Apostle Peter, who through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, penned "Casting all your cares. . ." was a fisherman. Clearly his intent was that we fling our cares to our Saviour much as Peter himself had flung a net to the sea hundreds of times. But Peter surely knew, too, in writing this that the casting is necessary in order that we might pull to the boat the catch in the nets.

When we "cast our cares" upon He who has been referred to as the "Shoreless Ocean", we should have the full assurance that the nets will not come back empty. Our nets will be "exceeding abundantly" full "above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us."

Perhaps our nets will be full of peace, abundant with comfort or joy. Perhaps we will see a specific answer to prayer regarding the very care we cast upon Him. One thing is certain, when we cast our cares upon Him, our nets never return empty, for He careth for us.


Sue said...

What a beautiful post. I Peter 5:7 has long been my "life verse". What a timely reminder for me right now. Thank you so much. Have a Blessed week!

Frances Davis said...

Thank you, Sue! I hope your week is wonderful, too!