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I could learn a lesson or two from my third born son.  He takes his fishing seriously.  Time, money, and diligence are spent in casting practice. Before he fishes with a brand new lure, rod, reel, or line he takes the time to cast….and cast….and cast. 
 
It has never made much sense to me, but I am no fisher-woman. Casting practice seems a waste of time.  Why not just toss your line out there and hope for the best?  Does where you cast your fishing line really matter or can you just aimlessly toss it out there and get a fish?
 
 
To my son, it matters greatly.  He wants to cast in a specific place in the water, when the wind is right, and know how the weight of the bait will sail through the air and land.  And he pays attention to where the fish like to lurk in the waters.  Temperature, wind, casting practice, lures….it all seems such a huge thing to me to catch a fish.  But if he doesn’t practice casting, then all of the rest truly doesn’t matter.  Without the perfect cast, then his goal won’t be met….FISH.

 

Today I was reading two verses about casting.  Only we aren’t asked to cast a fishing line, but to cast our cares and anxieties.  The wording strikes me as strange.  Why “cast”?  Why not just toss or throw or pitch our cares and anxieties?  This scripture implies a DILIGENCE and PERFECT PLACE as to how and where we are to cast.
 
Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
 
 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and He will sustain you;
He will never let
    the righteous be shaken.
 
Simply put, we are to cast our cares on the Lord.  This does take casting practice!!  I tend to cast my cares on other people first, my husband, a friend or family member before I cast them where they belong.  Only God is able to handle all of our “stuff of life.”  Sometimes I cast them haphazardly to whomever or whatever is closest to me at the moment and my cares end up landing in the shallows and weeds.  Then I am left to wonder why I still carry around the cares and anxieties of my little world.  I didn’t cast well.  Believe me, it does take practice!
 
But the more I find myself casting my load on the Lord, the easier it is to do the next time and the next and so on.  Inevitably people will let us down, simply because people aren’t designed to carry such great loads.  
 
1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)
 
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
 
AND THIS MY DEAR FRIENDS IS WHY WE MUST CAST OUR CARES UPON THE LORD….
He cares.
He loves,
He watches.
He sees it all.
He can handle it all.
 
So practice your casting.  I promise, you will be rewarded greatly!
 
 
 

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