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I will handle it
Emily Krill
by Emily Krill
May 20, 2024

On my wedding day, my mom gifted me with something that I finally realized the full weight of today (15 years later).

We were all together getting ready early that morning. I remember she pulled me aside from the rest of the bridal party to have a one-on-one moment. The look in her eyes told me that this wasn’t just a “your eye makeup isnt doing it for you” kind of talk. She held on to my arms like her hands were hugging them with just the right amount of squeeze as she looked into my eyes and told me, “I love you. Today, any time you’re worried about something, I want you to tell me. I will handle it.”

At first glance, that might sound like an incredibly kind-yet-simple type of promise. However, the reality was it was anything but simple. Not because of the complexity of the day but because of the complexity of worry. You see, worry is weird because most of the things a human worries about are unique to that human. My worries—no matter how big they may seem to me—often sound simple to everyone else. And that leads many helpful people to simply dismiss my “big” worries.

My mom’s promise wasn’t that she would handle only the worries that appeared valid in her head. My mom’s promise was that she would care about what I cared about. She would give it the same weight in her heart as I was telling her it weighed on mine. And my mom’s promise was that she would handle it with the same dignity, purpose, and care that I would use if I were handling it.

Fifteen years later, it finally occurred to me that THIS is what Jesus is promising us in the words of 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” All my life I’ve wrestled with this verse because I’ve always pictured God’s solution to my cares as how humans manage my cares: dismissal. I read God’s words as this: “You don’t need to worry because I love you.” In human terms, that always feels like someone giving me a Band-Aid for my broken leg. And while it’s 100% true that God’s love is the reason I don’t need to worry, I also want to know that God cares about what I care about.

But here’s the mind-blowing truth: He’s saying both. He cares ABOUT me, AND he also does the caring IN MY PLACE.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for YOU.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares FOR you.

Do you want to know how I know that? Because he sent his Son to experience the cares of this human life. Hebrews 4:15 confirms this with the promise that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”

Today, I want you to hold this truth firmly in your heart as you have a one-on-one moment with God. Picture him standing before you, gently squeezing your arms, and looking knowingly into your eyes as he promises you: “I love you. Today, any time you’re worried about something, I want you to tell me. I will handle it.”

(If this post resonates with you, I also encourage you to check out Linda Buxa’s book “How to Fight Anxiety with Joy” and Amber Albee Swenson’s book “You Can Trust God When Life Hurts” for more gospel-rich anxiety management techniques.)