Cast All Your Worries On Jesus

Guatemalan worry dollsSeveral 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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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Let Jesus Handle It

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

One year when I sent my accountant all the statements I thought he would need to prepare my taxes, I told him I hoped I’d given him everything in good order. He replied that no matter what I’d sent and how I’d prepared it, it would be better than the shoe boxes of receipts his mother handed him each year to sort through.

Mike’s mother had confidence in him to take everything she turned over, sort it all out, and make sense of the mess. She never worried about handing it to him in a neat package.

So I’m thinking…that’s exactly the way we need to depend on Jesus. We need to have confidence in him to take all our mess, all our heartache, all our failures and disappointments, sort it all out and make some sort of sense of it.

We don’t need to worry whether we’ve bundled up our worries, broken places, and hurts into a nice neat package for Jesus to look at.

Jesus is the professional. He’ll take what we give him, no matter how messy it is, sort through it, and make it all right.

We can count on it.

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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)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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