Several years ago, I came upon a tiny woven bag which contained six even tinier woven dolls. Guatemalan worry dolls. Worry dolls (also called trouble dolls; in Spanish, Muñeca quitapena) are small, hand-made dolls that originate from Guatemala.
According to legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries. The worry dolls are made of wire, wool and colorful textile leftovers. The size of the dolls can vary between ½ inch to 2 inches.
The story of the worry doll is a local Mayan legend. The origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god that allowed her to solve any problem a human could worry about. The worry doll represents the princess and her wisdom.
Although I’ve had plenty of worries since the day I purchased these dolls, I’ve never once needed to place them under my pillow at night. Why? Because the God who created the heavens and earth cares about me, just as he cares about you. He asks us to cast all our worries on him, for he is always, always, thinking about us, and watching everything that concerns us.
We do not need to limit when we tell Jesus about our concerns and worries to right before we go to sleep as with the Worry Dolls. We can cast all our cares on him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, believing he hears, cares, and works on our behalf.
With the calm assurance Jesus hears and is working, we can safely rest at night and rise in the morning with the knowledge nothing reaches us that didn’t pass through Christ’s nail-pierced hands first. And when it reaches us, Jesus is right there beside us, walking through whatever it is with us.
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Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7 (TLB)
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