One of my favorite hobbies is trout fishing and living in central PA offers many opportunities for me to enjoy this hobby. Most Saturdays from April through June will find me along some waterway in the area and I’m sure many of those reading this have also spent some time fishing as well. With very few exceptions, an outing of fishing will involve many individual casts, probably 50-100/hour if I am flying fishing or spinner fishing. We all understand a cast to mean taking the fly, lure or bait, swinging the rod back behind us and then essentially tossing the bait into the water. The act of casting obviously ends up with us no longer having the bait. It’s now in the water, hopefully alluring the attention of our targeted fish.
Our reading today brings us to one of the most popular verses in all of Scripture. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting all of your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” There’s that word “casting”. Essentially what God wants us to do is take our cares, problems and anxieties and toss them on to Him. They’re gone, out of our possession or concern any longer. It’s all now on Him!
Why does God invite us to cast our cares on Him? Because very simply, He cares for us. One of my favorite hymns is “Does Jesus Care?” I distinctly remember one period several years ago when I was battling several health issues at the same time. I remember driving to church one Sunday PM alone and feeling somewhat despondent about the pain and discomfort I was experiencing and walked into church with probably a rotten attitude. However, the words of the first hymn we sang that night were very reassuring to me as they have been to countless others over the years. “Oh yes He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief. When the days are weary, the long nights dreary I know my Savior cares.”