“For this reason Is say to you, do not be anxious for your life …. Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow; neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then ….” (Matthew 6:25-31).
- Are the cares of this life weighing you down? God says we should cast all of them on Him.
“Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1Peter 5:6-7 Amp).
What does that say again? “Humble yourselves, casting all of your care.” Both of those thoughts are one and the same sentence. They are not separate actions, but the same action carried out to its ultimate end. According to God’s Word, the best way to humble ourselves is to “cast all of our care” upon Him – to recognize and admit that we are not capable of bearing it or finding solutions for it.
That’s a far cry from what most of the world thinks about the meaning of humility. Most people seem to think that being “humble” means that they are willing and even glad to carry all their own problems and burdens – willing to suffer with them – willing to have to find solutions for them on their own. Most of the world thinks that a humble person will not strive to make things easier on himself.
But God’s definition of the humble man is exactly opposite. If we want to be truly “humble” as God defines humility, we must decide that we will not carry our own burdens or work out the solutions to them. Rather, we will cast them into His loving hands and rejoice in being care-free and unburdened.
After all, He has promised that He “will perfect that which concerns us.” (Psalms 138:8).
Elizabeth Barrett Browning is one of my favorite poets. In fact, she is one of my favorite people. In preparation for my life’s work as a teacher and a writer, I naturally studied tons and tons of literature and history, and Elizabeth — along with her husband Robert — have always stood out to me like beacons in a usually dark and unloving world. This poem is one that I have always identified with very closely, and I hope, as I post it here on my blog, that it allows you, my readers to ‘connect’ with it as well and draw the comfort and hope that it offers into your own lives.
OUT IN THE FIELDS WITH GOD
The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds that play,
Among the lowing of the herd,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what might pass
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay,
Among the hushing of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born —
Out in the fields with God.