Read Matthew 11: 28-30
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let
your requests be made known to God.
In coastal Louisiana, one popular way we catch blue crab
is to tie a piece of meat — often a chicken neck — on a long
string and throw the bait
out from the shore. When
we feel a crab tugging on
the bait, we slowly start
pulling the line the 15 or 20
feet to the bank. The crabs
tenaciously hold on to the
bait until they are dragged over a net in the shallow water and
scooped up. This method works consistently, because the
crabs don’t know when it is in their best interest to let go.
People can be like that too. Holding on to something —
especially a heavy burden — requires as much effort as the
crabs bumping along the bottom of the ocean.
As humans, sometimes we hold on to our problems by
trying to solve them ourselves. We don’t look at the big
picture, and we forget the wisdom of letting go. Scripture
tells us to acknowledge our powerlessness and fully turn our
problems over to God, but to be able to do that we have to
be willing to let go of them. It is then that God sends us the
peace that surpasses all understanding and guides us through
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust that it is better for us to
put our problems in your hands than to keep them in ours.
David McCain (Louisiana)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE LEARNING TO LE T GO
— Philippians 4: 6 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
What problem can I turn
over to God today?