The Upper Room reading for today referenced 1 Peter 5:7 “Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you,” (Common English Bible). How perfect for the start to fall. As kids go back to school and people get back into their routines we can become overwhelmed. After looking at my September calendar all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed. There is just too much to do, too many meetings, workshops, too many obligations…When I become anxious I then become scattered and shaky and as I try to get everything done I find that I do not get anything done properly but end up tired and even more stressed with more things to do. This is something I have battled for a long time and I often go to the scripture passages about not worrying but yet I still struggle.
Today as I read this I heard God saying something new. It says throw your anxieties to him because he CARES about you. God truly cares for us and doesn’t want us running around crazy. And God has given us tools and friends and family to help us through. It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to admit that we can’t do all that we have on our plates by ourselves. It doesn’t make us unworthy or bad people; it makes us a member of the family of God.
I have just begun a new ritual each day. I am being intentional about looking at and planning my day. Once I get into the office, I set the alarm for 10 minutes and then spend those 10 minutes looking at all that I have on my To Do List and then see how best to go about tackling those items. What are things I must do today? What are things I can ask for help on? What are things that really are not that important? I am finding that this is helping me to be much more focused, much less stressed and hopefully will translate into being a much better pastor. And I am now going to add in an intentional prayer to start. “God, thank you so much that you care for me; please take my anxieties and show me what YOU want me to do today.”
Throwing our anxieties to God doesn’t mean shirking our responsibilities, but it does mean that when we take a deep breath, focus and use the tools that God has given us we have the energy, enthusiasm and ability to get everything done that He has called for us to do that day.