Next time you wave to someone and hear yourself saying, “Take care!” stop and think about what you just said. A preacher once said he used to do that until he saw the verse, “Casting all your care upon Him (God); for He careth for you.” I Peter 5:7 He stopped to see if there was a difference between taking and casting.
My favourite place to go before the snow runs off the mountains is fishing with my husband. We took my grandson one year. We fish way down in the exposed bottom of the lake with a stream running through it before the damn is closed. It’s full of white mountain trout and we always catch a couple so it was our best bet for him.
You cast the line with the bait into the middle of the stream and wait. Then you cast it on one side or the other of the stream and wait. Then you can walk down to the damn that’s almost wide open and cast it in there and wait. Once you find out where the fish are you can cast a lot of times in that spot. Then you don't have to wait as long.
You only stop casting when you’re at the limit, which is five per person, or when you are tired of waiting and decide to go home. This is what comes to my mind when I think of “casting all my care upon Him…”
In every day terms, we cast our care on someone who cares about us. If we are in the hospital, we cast our care upon the doctors, nurses, and specialists. If we are hungry at the restaurant we cast our care upon the one waiting on us and in particular the one cooking the food in the kitchen, who we probably never see.
We do use the expression “take care” to mean pay attention, or watch how you are doing something that needs focus and skill. But in the days in which we are puttering through a pandemic we definitely want to cast our care upon God. In my mind He is the only one who can see us through this when there are so many unknowns and no set dates for a closure.
In the case of fishing, you have to “take care” how you cast, how you you’re your line from getting tangled, and mostly how you bring in the fish into the net so you don’t lose it when it’s fighting.
I’m so comforted in casting my care upon Him, because it says He cares for me. Another favourite verse is, “ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5&6
We directed our grand son's paths to our favorite fishing spot and he cast all his care for the day on us. Because we love him. And the fish went into the freezer at home so he could show off the results of the casting!
Linda McKendry, renaissance girl accused of doing too many things. Loves to educate, motivate, inspire, and empower (entertain).