In Minnesota the stores have transitioned quickly from ice fishing gear to open water gear. The ice melt and open waters have brought a high anticipation of the fishing opener. An odd approach to fishing would be to cast out your line and then cut it. Nobody does this! To even suggest this approach would be crazy and counter productive to fishing, but if we wish to rid ourselves of our anxiety we need to cast and cut. 1 Peter 5:6-7 states,

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ”

God invites us to recognize His power to handle and carry our burdens and invites us to “cast” them upon Him literally. The problem with living in Minnesota is casting includes reeling. We are used to casting out our line and then reeling it back in over and over. God is inviting us to a different practice of casting and then cutting the line. We need to cut the line otherwise we end up reeling in our anxiety and taking it on again. So, as we approach the fishing opener let’s put into place a new spiritual practice of casting our cares on Jesus and then imagining in our mind cutting the line so as not to reel them in. If we can cast our cares on Jesus and keep the weight of them with Him it is a lot easier for Him to “lift us up in due time.” So daily cast and cut.