“Casting all of your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5: 7
We all go through the ups and downs of life. There’s times we’re flourishing and feel loved and valued and there’s times when we are not and feel vastly alone.
It seems like the times that we might have made the wrong decisions, or the decisions that people perceive as wrong, the times that we are grief stricken, or the times where there is no child, no husband, no career, the times we’re going through trial after trial– that we look in the mirror and intrinsically see all of our regrets, our imperfections, shortcomings, and our failures. These times we’re tempted to feel like the dark storm called “The Nothing,” a darkness that destroys everything, is threatening to envelop us entirely in it’s nothingness. (any Never Ending Story fans out there?)
I experienced such a storm this afternoon. I looked dejectedly at my refection staring back at me and said, “You are nothing.” Without further introspection, the next words that came to mind were, “Good! Nothing is the perfect place to be at. The less I am the more He is. I may be nothing, but Christ in me is everything.”
I love that. Because I’m continually filling myself with God’s truth daily, the fiery dart that the enemy threw at me to cause me to sink into self loathing despair, God turned immediately around to victory in Him.
I am not nothing. Not one person that exists is a “nothing.” We are all made in God’s glorious image. No matter what our social status is, whether we are single, or married, or divorced. Whatever kind of money or lack thereof we possess. Whatever mistakes we have made or are currently making. Whether we’re free or not. Whether we’re struggling with mental health issues. Whether we’re fighting addiction. We may not always be right, but we are always worthy as we rest our identity, not in how people might make us feel, which is often less than, not in what the world says is valuable which is often worthless, but instead, as believers, in our lineage as daughters and sons of the King.
Often times we are allowed to feel our weaknesses, to face our mistakes, and to experience difficult trials and afflictions, not because we just suck at life. But because God said we would! 1 Peter says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange where happening to you.” This is because he loves us! It’s the struggles that are refining us and transforming us more and more into who God created us to be.
Thankfully, the chapter goes on to say, “After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
So if you’re having a day like mine, and feel like The Nothing is drawing near with all of it’s sadness, be like the empress who, to save the kingdom, emphatically screams, “Atreyu, SAY MY NAME!” Shout the name of Jesus over all of your anxieties, cast (heave, sling, launch!) them onto him, because no matter how we feel, or what anyone might think of us, he cares for us and he knows the end of our story and it is good. (Better than riding on Valcor in the sky and making the bullies pay, good) I can say amen to that.