In God’s Care

In God’s care

God’s love exhorts us to cast away all our cares, and keep our faith and confidence in Him.
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John Wesley who founded the Quakers’ Movement was once walking with a troubled man, who had great misgivings about the love and goodness of God. “How can He leave me in so much worry and trouble?” he kept asking repeatedly. Just then they came across a cow looking over a stone wall. “Do you know why that cow is looking over the wall?” asked Wesley.

“No,” said the man.

Wesley said, “The cow is looking over the wall because she cannot see through it. That is what you must do with your wall of trouble, look over it.”

Trust in the Lord enables us to transcend circumstances and look over the wall of worry and mistrust. There is an old English custom that is still practised by sailors in some parts of England. When a ship is about to sail, the captain asks all the assembled sailors, “Are we all here?”

“Yes sir,” they reply.

“Are we all ready to sail?”

“Yes sir, in God’s care,” is the answer.

“So, have we anything to fear then?” he continues.

“No sir, nothing!” is the answer.

Then they set sail, unafraid of the many dangers which still beset men who live on the sea and by the sea.

What an inspiring practice this is! I am reminded of some beautiful lines that I read somewhere:

He knows, He loves, He cares,

Nothing this truth can dim,

He does the very best for those

Who leave the choice with Him.

God’s love exhorts us to cast away all our cares, and keep our faith and confidence in Him. Alas, being folk of little faith, we do just the opposite—we cast away our confidence and cling to our cares! It is said that God brings down a curtain of darkness every night—so that we can shut off the day that is past and start afresh on the morrow.

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