We have a lot to be anxious about these days.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected each individual in different ways: people are losing their jobs, losing their health, losing their feeling of security. People are worried and they have good reason, because this is a very serious situation that has taken over our world and disrupted our livelihoods.
When I talk to my friends about the situation, a word that is commonly used to describe how we feel is “anxious.”
We say things like:
- “I’m anxious about getting coronavirus or unknowingly giving it to someone I love.”
- “I am anxious about going to the grocery store.”
- “I am anxious about losing my job.”
I don’t know about you, but this whole situation has left me feeling afraid, nervous, weary, insecure, lost, unsettled. In many ways I have felt shocked, in other ways I have felt numb.
The other day I stumbled upon a sweet reminder.
1 Peter 5:7 says this:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Let’s hand our worries over to Jesus.
Jesus can take them, he can handle them, he loves to love us and he loves to take on our burdens. He cares for us deeply and radically and unconditionally, and he can uphold any anxiety we may struggle with or feel.
It is through his grace and mercy that we can find a radical peace and rest for our anxious, unsettled hearts. It is through his grace and mercy that we can approach him on our knees crying out for a sense of comfort and security during these uncertain times.
These truths calm me.
The truth of God’s love and goodness and ever-kindness calm me. The truth of His loyalty to His children, His pursuit of their hearts, His gentleness to them make me feel less overwhelmed and more at ease.
We can rest on these character traits of The Lord, the promises He makes, the sovereignty of His kingdom. We can rest on His love, His goodness, His faithfulness. It is time to hand our burdens over to Him, for He cares for us.