Old Testament: Lamentations 2:1-9
Morning Psalms: Psalms 55
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11
Gospel: Mark 12:1-11
Evening Psalms: Psalms 74
Most of you have heard Father Rob speak about his fishing experiences, so I thought I would tell you my fishing story. It took place when I lived in Minnesota. We were invited to go ice fishing – for those that may not realize it – this is done on a frozen lake. The lake becomes a village, complete with heated houses and vehicles. In my mind, that was insanity -- ice and heat do not go together! Well, we went anyway – “for the experience.”
In Psalm 55, the psalmist tells us to cast our cares on the Lord and He will sustain us. Yet, I am often slow to cast my worries, fears, and concerns on Him. Sometimes I choose to rely upon my limited understanding, even though I may find the image of throwing away my worries, fears, and concerns comforting.
That is exactly what I did on that ice fishing trip. At first, I was consumed with my thoughts about heat melting ice. Eventually, I was able to trust the expertise of our hosts and calm down, and as Father Rob has done many times (literally as well as metaphorically), I joined my family in ‘casting’ my line into the water that day, in anticipation of an adventure. Needless to say, the frozen lake was able to sustain all the people, shelters, cars, trucks, and snowmobiles. It really was “an experience to remember!”
Just as the ice was strong enough, so, too, is God strong enough. He is able to sustain all of our concerns, fears, worries, and “then some.” There is nothing that He cannot handle.
Dear Lord, I pray for the strength I need each day to “Cast [my] cares on the LORD…”Amen.