"Cast all your anxieties on God because God cares for you."
~ 1 Peter 5:7
Water has always been a source of life to me, as well as, mystery. I will often go to the beach when I have a problem to reflect upon, or needing serious prayer time. There is something about the eternal movement of the water.
As the waves come onto the shoreline, and retreating, as if to draw more from the depths to bring to the surface, it is the reality that even before, and consequently after our life or this problem entered our life, there was the movement of the sea.
Spending time watching the water, I'm reminded that God, like the current of the deep, moves in our lives and brings forth resolve when problems seem to be overwhelming.
Casting our anxiety elsewhere invites the Creator of all to welcome our concerns, or those things that bring unrest to our souls.
It is okay to share our entire being with God, even those things that lie deep within.
When we cast our anxiety up the waves, remember, like the fisherman that casts his nets upon the water, we expect to receive something in return. For those concerns we give a voice to, the words, "Be still and know I am God," seem to be drawn in with each cast upon the water.
May each of us receive the calming presence of God as we go to the water's edge, and in receiving the blessing, know that God always cares for each of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear God, today as I release that which brings me anxiety, I invite the joy of peace and understanding You have waiting for me. Amen.
3/16/2017 10:04:36 am
I have been reading your thought daily since the retreat. This one was extra special - I have this verse posted in my computer at work because I need the daily reminder & I too love the beach I won't go again w/o being reminded of your words. Peace to you ~
G. Todd Williams
3/23/2017 09:37:16 am
Thanks, Shirley! It was so great being with you all. Stay in God's grip! Todd
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.