6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
During a routine physical exam this year, the doctor discovered something questionable in my abdominal area and immediately scheduled an ultrasound for the same day. “Ok. No big deal. We’re fine,” I thought, as I prayed on the drive to Williamson Medical Center. The ultrasound results turned into a CT scan for the following week. But it was the third phone call I had been hoping to avoid…an MRI. You see, while I did have some fears over the questionable areas that came with the phone calls, I was absolutely terrified of the idea of being enclosed in a tiny machine for an hour.
When I walked in the room, my anxiety increased as I saw the machine was smaller than I had anticipated. Forty minutes into testing and the farthest into the machine I could go, I began to pray and sing, “Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.” In that moment, I felt a wave of peace, of stillness, of comfort, as the Holy Spirit flooded the room and met me in that tiny MRI machine. After the testing was complete, the technician asked what happened during those last moments. He had seen the machine having difficulty recognizing my slow breathing. I smiled and said, “I was praying, and I suddenly felt so calm.”
“Casting all your cares on Him” isn’t always easy, is it? Life is filled with uncertainty, and for most of us, that uncertainty can lead to stress and anxiety. We want to handle the situation ourselves. It just seems easier, doesn’t it? We often believe we can resolve the issue more quickly, or we think we know what’s best. But our desire to be in control of our future leaves little room for us to allow God to truly do His work. Our pride gets in the way, and our trust diminishes. As believers, we simply can’t combine pride and anxiety with trusting God. We just can’t be half in and half out, nor can we trust Him with some things but not all things.
What if we stepped aside, gave it all to God, and fully trusted that He knows what we need, when we need it? In these moments, we become less self-dependent and more God-dependent, and truly have confidence that God will lift us out of our anxieties, struggles and fears at the most appropriate time. It’s in that release, even enclosed with your fears in a tiny MRI machine, that you come to understand just how much God cares about you and can feel Him at work in your life.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Do you have a test result you’re waiting to hear about from a doctor? Trust God. Is there a presentation or important meeting at work that has you stressed? A strained relationship? Give it to God. Why? Because He cares—deeply, unconditionally, lovingly, eternally.
- In what areas of your life do you find yourself self-dependent? What are ways you can become more God-dependent?
Pray for churches in Africa today. Pray for steadfastness, courage, dependence on God, and a burden for lost friends and neighbors for all believers in Africa.