Ps. 55:22— Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you.
This is a great verse, especially the first word: “cast.” Having grown up around the water, I’ve seen lots of fishermen in my life — some on boats, some on kayaks, some on the beach — and all of them “cast” their lines into the water. There’s a certain knack to casting; you have to hold your rod and reel just right, pull it back over your shoulder, and fling it so that the bait and tackle go as far out as possible into the deep where the fish are. This isn’t always an easy thing to do.
And neither is casting our cares.
I think sometimes by simply mentioning my worries to God He’ll quickly remove them from my thoughts and they’ll be gone. Sometimes this does happen, but, like fishing, usually I have to “practice” my casting of cares. My mind wants to keep dwelling on those worries, or I stay anxious and get snappy at people, so I have to choose to put these things in His hands repeatedly, over and over again. I have to learn to cast.
What else helps? I try to stay in the Word, maybe spend more time meditating on His goodness, being grateful, letting go of trying to control situations or people. You know, when you cast with a fishing pole, you can’t hold onto the line, you have to release it with a fling. And yes, you have to fling it! Let ‘er rip! It’s not a gentle drop or a toss of your hand, it’s a slinging motion — with purpose!
And so it is with casting our cares. Sling those troubles away! Over and over again, throw them onto the Lord. If they come back into your thoughts, fling them out to Him again. Keep declaring they’re all in His hands and that you don’t need to worry, He’s a good God.
This psalm says that when we cast our cares on Him, He will sustain us. Father God wants to hold you up, support you, and give you peace, but these cares want to keep you down and depressed. So practice your casting, make choices to believe His Word over your worries. Fling those cares off and rest in His love!