I had a humbling experience tonight and I wanted to share it with you.
I had just gotten home from work and I took my puppy for a walk, which was good for both of us. Just last week, we purchased some new food for him to try because he's on a very expensive hypoallergenic diet and our veterinarian suggested we eventually try and figure out if he needs to stay on that. Well, turns out he ended up getting sick so we are back on the expensive food and we plan to stay on it because it's best for his health (and he LOVES it). Unfortunately, we had ordered the largest size of the new food (which looking back was kind of silly) so I messaged Chewy.com and asked if we could return it (we hadn't opened it yet because we had been using a small bag of it first). I was so surprised when Chewy told us they'd refund us the full amount but that they wanted us to donate the bag of food to a local shelter or a fur friend in need. What an amazing company!
Anyway, I was on my way to bring the food to our local humane society. I have never actually been out to our humane society, and I remembered friends telling me that it was a ways out and kind of hard to find. Unfortunately, my GPS took me to an open field and it was dark so I couldn't see many buildings much less read signs. I ended up turning around and just going home figuring I'd try again tomorrow. Then, I decided to stop at Target on my way home because we needed just a few staple things (milk, bananas, etc.). As I was driving to Target I noticed how heavy I felt. Literally... I felt like there was a giant weight on my entire body. (And in reading this blog post back, I can feel the anxiety within the sentences). I shrugged it off knowing that I was stressed because I had to make another trip out of town, still had so much to do after eating dinner, and quite frankly was just feeling negative. I finished my quick Target run and as soon as I was driving away from Target, Cast My Cares by Finding Favour was on the radio. Guess which part played at exactly the time I began turning up my radio (like I always do once I get going in the car)? That's right! "I will cast my cares on you, You're the anchor of my hope, the only One who's in control."
As soon as I heard that, I instantly felt the weight completely disappear and I smiled. How does God do that? He sends me messages like this all the time in the most simple ways. Oftentimes it's a quote I come across on Pinterest, or a bible verse that pops into my head. However, every once in a while these little messages stand out a bit more than others. The rest of the way home, I kept thinking about 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." This will be the anthem for the remainder of my night and my week, and I hope you can remember it, too.
I wanted to share this because I think we all get caught up in the day's or week's annoyances... and really, most of the annoyances are just that: annoyances. Many of us, of course, have more serious personal issues going on. But even with those difficult issues, in what way is it benefitting us to sit and ruminate? In reality, if we can't change it right now, worrying most definitely isn't going to help us. If we can change it, then we should of course change it. If it is a work in progress, then it's important that we let it be as such. God has it under control no matter what, and He has a plan. I think it's easy to forget this, but He will always show up in little ways here and there to remind us.