May 26

May 26
by Tammy Phillips
At His Feet and In Whose Hands
 
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
 
At His Feet
For various reasons and even pre-COVID-19, I often have trouble getting to sleep. At times it is because something is weighing on my mind. I toss and turn as I mull over solutions and fret about worst-case scenarios. When this topic came up during a women’s Bible study I attended, one of the women suggested something that works for her. She imagines an ascending staircase with Jesus at the top. After putting all her fears and worries into a box, she carries the box and lays it at Jesus’ feet. She said this visualization technique of physically setting down her troubles and giving them to Jesus helps her release them. A peacefulness washes over her. Calm and relaxation follow.
 
The following excerpt was recently sent to me. I’d like to suggest that it conveys another visualization technique.
 
In Whose Hands
A basketball in my hands is worth about $19. A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million. It depends whose hands it’s in.
A baseball in my hands is worth about $6. A baseball in Mark McGwire’s hands is worth about $19 million.It depends whose hands it’s in.
A tennis racket is useless in my hands. A tennis racket in Venus Williams’ hands is a Wimbledon Championship. It depends whose hands it’s in.
A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal. A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.It depends whose hands it’s in.
A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy. A sling shot in David’s hands is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it’s in.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches. Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s hands will feed thousands.It depends whose hands it’s in.
Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse. Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce salvation for the entire world. It depends whose hands it’s in.
As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in. So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s hands because…
It depends whose hands it’s in.
— Author unknown.
 
We can all take comfort (and sleep soundly) in these uncertain days. Jesus is ready, willing and able to take the cares and troubles of your day. Lay them at His feet. Put them in His hands. Purposely rehearse giving your fears and your future to Jesus.
 
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
 
Dear Jesus,
Please forgive us when we rely on our own resources to solve our problems or ease our anxieties. Help us to trust You and accept your invitation to cast our worries and cares on You. Let us freely and faithfully lay them at your feet, knowing that today and all our tomorrows are safely in Your hands.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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