Scout has it right!
Main Scripture: 1st Peter 5:7, Psalm 91
I have a chihuahua. He is adorable. My granddaughter dubbed him “The King of Cuteness”. He is the cutest little six pound, spoiled, snuggly, puppy! Scout has one trait that I cannot change…He barks and makes quite a scene when someone unfamiliar visits our house. He barks, snaps, and his fur stands at full attention when he hears that ominous knock at the door. In his little doggie mind he is (and his collar literally says this) bad to the bone.
In reality, he could not hurt anyone or anything. He has an overinflated, and distorted self-image. He sees himself as bigger than, stronger than, and in more control of the situation than anyone. He believes he is a superhero.
Here is the thing. When Scout and I go for a walk if he encounters a new “garden flag”, a new stick on the lawn, or sometimes seeing his own shadow, he runs.
Yep, he makes a bee-line straight to me. His protector, keeper, and yes, his master. All of a sudden the “superdog” is suddenly very small or nonexistent. At this point he does not bark or cause a ruckus. He simply runs to me. He trust that I will protect and care for him. Of course, I will not let him down. I am ready to do battle with the scary, swaying in the breeze, “garden flag”. 1 Peter 5:7 invites us to
7 cast (casting) all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Who is Peter talking about in this scripture? Of course, he is talking about Jesus. As a Christ follower we can turn to Jesus as ultimate protector.
When we cast our cares on Him we find peace…the kind of peace that can only come from God. We can know for certain Jesus loves us (He made that clear on the cross of Calvary as he made payment for our sins). When we run to Jesus as our Master, and trust Him with all of our problems or issues aka traits, we discover He is trustworthy and capable taking on the new scary “garden flags” in our life. Remember Scout. He completely trusts his human master for protection. You can have a Master and protector who cares for you as well. His name is Jesus Christ. You always have access to Him when you are scared or feel alone. Why? Because…He cares for you! Psalm 91 [Full Chapter]
[ Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God ] He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. …
Questions? Please contact Transformed Student Ministry, Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Love and Blessings,
Mrs. Debbie Creamer
Transformed Student Ministry