The Lord asked me plain as day, “Aren’t you tired of being sick and tired?”
The question took me aback. Here I was sacrificing hours of precious sleep before the kids awakened to “seek ye first the Kingdom,” and this was how my prayers were met?
After the shock wore off, I quieted down to listen and the Holy Spirit pointed me to 1 Peter 5:7 [Amplified]:
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, [once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
The Vincent Word Studies commentary went on to offer this footnote to the verse, giving greater context on “casting” and “all your care”:
- Casting – participle denoting an act once for all; throwing the whole life with its care on him.
- All your care – the whole of your care; “Not every anxiety as it arises, for none will arise if this transference [sic] has been effectually made.” Care. See on Matthew 6:25, take no thought.
The “once and for all” glared at me from my tablet’s screen. Then I heard again, more gently, “Aren’t you tired of being sick and tired?”
The sad truth about Christians being “sick and tired” of things is that “sick and tired” is a consequence, a symptom if you will, of not casting all of your cares.
If you’re like me, a wife and mom trying to balance family life with a career and carving out some semblance of your own identity on the side, it’s easy to cast your cares as they arise – as the bank account is overdrawn, as the milk runs out, as the bills stack up, as the car needs repair, or whatever – and then, unknowingly take them back; swapping them for whatever the new crisis du jour is in your life.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is not casting all of your cares; this is placing them temporarily and then snatching them back. This is tasting God’s peace instead of owning and walking in it. This, my friends, is the definition of insanity. And we all do it.
It can be easy to forget our need to minister to ourselves when we’re so focused on being everything for everyone else. It’s a lot of work and someone has to do it. But what the Lord reminded me of was that our faith cannot take a backseat to our lives. In fact, our faith must be the driver.
When we can’t get a moment of peace between tantrums, ear infections and sibling spats, we must cast our cares because the word says that God’s grace is sufficient for today.
When we can’t catch a break between the misplaced debit card, lack of luster in the marital bed, and the surprise ER visits to dislodge marbles from, well, places, we must cast our cares because the word says that no weapon formed against us shall prosper.
When we can’t go another day in that job, in that house, or even in that relationship, we must cast our cares because the word says that the joy of the Lord is our strength.
And when we just can’t see a way through the dark despair and desperation we sometimes find ourselves in when we have to be so much to so many other people, we must cast our cares because the word says that God has a plan to give us hope and a future.
It is imperative that we remember to pray for, uplift, lay hands on and prophesy over ourselves. Because if we don’t, when we don’t, the enemy takes that opportunity to whisper lies to us about who we are, our failures, our mistakes, and what we can’t have
If we don’t speak life and truth back to him the moment he begins his mind games, we allow him to heap back onto our already-too-full plates the worries, concerns and cares we previously gave to God.
It can be incredibly difficult to find a few minutes of silence when you’re juggling a million other things, let alone string enough minutes together to read and pray, but I urge you all to find the time. Not only do your peace, joy and even sanity rely upon you doing so, but your family’s welfare does, too. After all, a sick, tired and worn out momma (or daddy) is no good to anyone.
Are you tired of being sick and tired? Are you ready to have an extended season of peace and joy? Are you ready to focus more on your testimony than your tests?
Take care of your Spirit. Take care of you, and then, as the Bible says, all these (other) things will be added to you.