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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Sunday Scriptures — What is Man?

I look at your heavens, which you made with your fingers. I see the moon and stars, which you created. But why are people even important to you? Why do you take care of human beings? Psalm 8:3-4 (NCV)

When you look up into the skies, and see the stars, and planets which God spoke into being, do you ever wonder how a Creator who put the planets in motion, and the stars in the heavens, could be mindful of mere man? I do. Every time.

What is man that God should think us important enough to take care of? I don’t know, but I sure am glad God cares.

Are there ever any people we think aren’t worthy our time? Our energy? Worth considering? Thankfully, God isn’t like that. There is no one, no matter who they are, whom God does not care about. No one God does not want to take care of. No one beyond His love.

Pretty amazing, wouldn’t you say?

Next time you look up into the sky, think about it. God is concerned about YOU. Praise His Holy Name.

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Have there been times in your life when you’ve wondered where in the world God has gone off to? You felt him right there with you a minute ago, and then in the midst of a time of utter despair, he seemed to be MIA?

We cry out, and our cries seem to fall unheard. If God has promised to never leave us, then what’s the deal? Doesn’t he care?

Yes. God cares. He sent his son, Jesus, to the earth to pay the debt we owed. A debt we couldn’t pay. A get out of jail free card. God definitely cares.

And no. God is not missing in action. He’s still here with us. Right where he’s always been.

When you were young, did you ever try to be invisible? You know, close your eyes, and believe that because you couldn’t see someone, they couldn’t see you? Even when you stood in plain view? I did. The truth, however, was just because I couldn’t see someone, it didn’t mean they couldn’t see me.

Same with God. Just because we can’t physically see him with our eyes, doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist. It also doesn’t mean he can’t see us. Doesn’t mean he isn’t watching over us. Loving us. Protecting us. It doesn’t mean God doesn’t care.

Even when we feel as if God’s MIA, he’s still on duty. Molding us into the people he wants us to become. At those times, and every other time, we need to hold onto the truths we find in his Holy Word. Nothing reaches us God didn’t plan, or permit.

Going through a rough spot? Hold onto the promises God has made. He will never leave or forsake us.

Even when we can’t see him.

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So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG)

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