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Heart Matters: Cast All Your Cares

Dick Gruber

If we fall, our Good Shepherd is there to pick us up and help us mount the bike of life again.

How many times have you wondered or even questioned out loud, "How can God care about that?" It seems every time a child from church asks for special prayer over his dog or goldfish, I'm beside myself with doubt.

Two girls came up to me on Sunday. They had a testimony to share. I listened as the shorter of the two explained, "We were having a party at my house the other night. My mom rented a video for us to watch. The video wouldn't work in our VCR. Every time we pushed it in, the video player would spit the video back out. We tried and tried and finally my mom called the video store. They said to bring it in and exchange it for another. My mom didn't want to go out anymore. She said we'd have to do something else.

"So we prayed. We prayed that God would fix our VCR so we could watch the video. Then we put that video in and watched our movie."

I know Scripture says, "Give all your worries to him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). I guess I have a hard time placing each little part of my life at Jesus' feet. Does Jesus repair VCRs? He must. Does he care about my lost toothbrush? Assuredly so! Is the Creator of the universe in the business of constant concern for his children? He certainly is.

Since the Bible is the ultimate authority in this matter, let's see what it says. Psalm 55:22 says, "Give your worries to the Lord and he will take care of you; he will never let good people down." The psalmist didn't write, "Give just the major worries of your life, 'cause the Lord can't be bothered with trivia."

Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). Psalm 95:7 says, "For he is our God and we are the people he takes care of and the sheep that he tends."

I want to encourage you. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, cares for you and wishes to assist you with your needs. He hears your prayers and stands ready to defend you, deliver you, and decrease your worry.

Does Jesus care about a shortage of Play-doh in the 4-year-olds' class? Yes, he does! Does our Lord concern himself with the need for a step-stool by the water fountain in the preschool hallway? If it's your concern, it's his concern. Do you think the Lord knows about and wants to help you with your children's message this week? Absolutely!

I'm teaching my son Tim to ride his bicycle. We go across the street to a low grassy hill that runs down to a long empty field. There I assist him in mounting the bike and holding it until he's ready. I take off with him, release him, and follow closely. Running down the hill and across the field, I do all I can to encourage him and keep him safe.

Each time he gets ready to ride, Tim says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." God cares about a little boy learning to ride his bike. I think of the care I take to ensure that he learns without injury-the encouragement and the running alongside him with hands ready to grab the seat and handle bars should something go wrong.

God does that with you and me. He's running alongside you today. As you learn to live and minister to him, God is right there with comforting words of encouragement, a listening ear, and a hand to help when you have a need. He is willing and ready to reach out and save us when we cry out on this ride. If we fall, our Good Shepherd is there to pick us up and help us mount the bike of life again.

Cast your cares on Jesus today. He does care for you!

Dick Gruber is a children's pastor in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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