My experience with fishing is very limited. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gone fishing. So much waiting…so much quiet…are my top reasons for not having my own rod and reel. Followed quickly by the whole idea of unhooking whatever I finally caught. Mmm hmmm. Not my idea of relaxing. But one thing I think of every time I remember my Fishing 101 lesson? Remembering to unlock the fishing line before I cast out the line!
When I forgot to release the line, I would swing the pole as hard as I could and that line never left my reel! Embarrassing? Yes! Did I ever forget again? No! Releasing the lock on my reel allowed my swing to cast that line with the hook and the bait way out away from me and drop it in the water.
When I read Psalm 55:22 (NIV) the word ‘cast’ reminds me of my few fishing experiences. This Bible verse gives us instruction AND a promise when we obey. It reads, “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Some Bible translations say ‘leave your troubles’, or ‘tell your worries’, but I LOVE that visual of casting. We need to remember to UNLOCK the line and CAST whatever worry or burden, fear or frustration onto the One who tells us to do it. Don’t just drop it. It’s too easy to pick it back up! Cast it. Let it go!
God knows we are weary. He knows we could bend and falter beneath the weight of all we try to carry ourselves. His promise when we are obedient to His instruction? He will sustain us. He will never let the righteous be shaken. Are you in need of support to keep going? Do you feel like your world is being shaken? Go back to the instruction of Psalm 55:22. Begin by unlocking the line you’ve kept tethered to you with all your cares attached….and cast it all on Him.