Yesterday morning I received a phone call from a friend who is a pastor at a church nearby. He needed someone to fill in as a worship leader last minute as both of his regular leaders were sick.
One of the neat things about being in a time of transition in ministry is the opportunity to help out in times like this. I told him I would, and made a pot of coffee and sat down to read, pray and prepare. My wife and kids left the house before I did and I enjoyed the quiet of the morning. The Lord directed me to Psalm 55:12 which says "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
As I often do, I posted it to FB to share the encouragement I had received with others. I finished getting ready and then headed out the door. After getting in the car I turned the key and then “it” happened. Actually, nothing happened! The battery was dead. The peacefulness of the morning was interrupted by panic! I felt a wave of frustration come over me. I wanted to be able to fulfill my promise to go and help. I didn’t want to be stranded!
I saw a child playing at a house down the street, I walked down and asked him if his mom and dad were home - he went in and came out and said no. I sort of doubted that, but on I went around the neighborhood, looking for any sign of activity, to see if there was someone who could help. There was no one else around! As I walked back to the house God began to remind me of the verse I had just meditated on and posted on FB. I heard His voice saying “Do you really believe it and will you trust me?” I began to pray this verse and claim the promise! I cast my burden on the Lord and kept walking back to the house. I looked over at our neighbor's house and it didn’t look like they were home, but I felt led to knock on their door. If you know me, you know this is way out of my comfort zone. I knocked and waited... nothing. I was about to walk away and decided to knock one more time. This time an answer! My neighbor helped me jump my car and I made it to church with about 15 minutes to spare.
In the big scheme of things it was a small thing, but in the moment God used it in a big way to remind me of His faithfulness and provision. What I thought was an interruption and an obstacle, God used to show me His trustworthiness! When I cast my burden on the Lord, He was faithful to sustain me and help me! It was a great reminder that God wants us to do more than read and think about His word. He wants us to do His word! I also learned that if I post it, I need to be ready to pray it!
What burden are you carrying today? Why not do what I did? Cast that burden onto the Lord! The word cast in this verse means “to throw, cast, hurl, fling”. What a great picture! God is faithful to His promises! Fling your burden onto the Lord today! He can handle it and He can help you!
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. " - Psalm 55:22.