I woke up at 4am this morning feeling anxious about a whole load of things. What is going to face me in the church office today after a week out of the country? How will tonight's elders meeting go? Will the lifegroups coming round on Wednesday and Thursday evenings have a good time? How is the half marathon on Sunday going to go? A flood of different thoughts. It's not as though there was anything definite to worry about - I just had this overwhelming sense of feeling anxious and worried.
Then as I lay there I remembered 1 Peter 5:7 - "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you". I've never been quite sure how you cast an anxiety, but I began to think of each of the things I was worrying about and to imagine handing them over to Jesus. Saying to him with each one "I'm going to trust you with this, confident that you care for me more than I will ever know". And as I did that with each one the anxiety over that thing just went. Once I'd been through everything on my mind (there were quite a lot of things) I just went back to sleep and woke up at a much more normal time.
I'm not sure why but I felt I'm not the only person who woke up feeling like that today, and that I needed to write this and encourage you to do this too if you're feeling worried or anxious.
Just so you know I'm now feeling very relaxed, sitting in our conservatory writing this before heading off to a day full of possibilities at the office.
Hope to catch you soon and hope that helped somebody,