My God Bag Helped

1 Peter 5:7  …casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you

Matthew 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Psalm 55:22   Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Years ago, and I don’t remember how or exactly when this practice started, but I began writing worries, fear, concerns, hopes on a piece of paper, folding it 1-2 times and dropping it into a bag. Then I was to forget and push away the nagging negative worry. I cannot say that whatever the concern was didn’t try to sneak in, but AS SOON AS I recognized it slithering into my mind and thoughts, I would forcefully say, “No, you are in the bag. I don’t have to worry and fret over you. God has this, and I am not letting you ooze back in.”

Sometimes, I would have to force out this worry a few times a day at first. I used to like to worry a problem, I guess. YUCK. I was tense, nervous, anxious, and probably grumpy all the time allowing those worries to grip me and try to suck me under to deeper water.  But that plan and the act of writing and putting it into the God’s hands and the bag, and remembering I did that, it was no longer a burden for me. Remembering I had handed it over, truly helped. Truly helped.

Of course, there are things I have to take care of, but I don’t have to worry and fret. I put them into His hands, and wait for direction. Things feel so much more relaxed now, and there is very little negative stress in my life. I can’t control the universe, can’t control anyone else’s actions or thoughts, but I can hand things over to God, and wait for Him to show me the best path.

I choose to go forward and release things to Him whenever I can. Certainly, I take care of my bills, my home care, my health, but I don’t let things I have no control over frustrate me any longer. I can pray about it, pray about clarity for my direction, how I can possibly help with the issue, but there is only confidence now that I will be shown the right path and decision. I am freer and not heaving about a yoke of worry, casting my cares to Him in the bag.

Maybe reading this, you will decide to develop your own God bag. It has been one of the best habits I’ve developed for mybellaviews.’