Bottom line, he is afraid. Afraid of messing up and not doing something right, afraid I won’t come back to get him, afraid of the large crowds, overwhelmed by the new rules. A spirit of fear. I am not exaggerating when I say something of an oppressive nature is afflicting his precious little self.
And Mama bear is getting quite angry. So this morning, I’m getting out my fightin’ words.
Yesterday, when we were riding in the van I taught Ethan a new verse.
Cast your burden on the LORD and he will sustain you. Psalm 55:22
He asked, “But what does cast mean?”
“It means to give away to God.”
“What does sustain mean?”
“It means to keep you going. To watch over you. God will help you out. Make sense?”
“So let’s make a list of all of your worries. All of your fears. And we’ll give them away to God together.”
We dialogued about his anxieties. All of his worries about school and missing mommy. And he seemed to feel better. Until… a sudden outburst of tears.
“What if I forget that I have given God my fears. What if I take them back?”
Sweet boy. Sweet, sweet, sweet boy.
“Then you just give them right back again.”
We do this don’t we? Cast our burdens on the Lord. Then take them right back.
Cast (shalak) actually means to throw, hurl or fling. Isn’t that a great thought? To hurl our worries away. Never to be seen, felt or thought of again.
Do you have a care you need to fling today?
If so, together let’s yell one – two – three – Heave Ho. Cast that thing over the side of the boat.
Let the Lord sustain you today.
And join me in prayer for my little man. Ethan will overcome, I know. He will. In Jesus Name, he is an overcomer.
(Some more fightin’ words…)
The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of flesh; is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27
In God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid what man can do to me. Psalm 56:11
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear not for I am with you, do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10