The burden of care is not to be dismissed or dealt with lightly. There is no abiding satisfaction in the reflection that the thing that is a burden of care will one day pass away. An Eastern king who was tormented with indecision and vacillation once called upon the wise men his court to give him some word that would steady him. They tried, but vain. But where the wise men failed the king's daughter succeeded. She gave him on his birthday a ring inscribed with two Arabic words meaning, "This, too shall pass away." But the Christian remedy for care is not that. It is to cast our care upon God. Do not try to support the load of your care all by yourself.
In that great tale we liked to read children, and which we can read again as men with great profit, Gulliver's Travels, the shipwrecked Gulliver was set upon in his slumber by the tiny Liliputians, who bound him with hundred of ropes. These ropes were only the smallest threads, and yet by the very multitude of them he was bound. He could have broken each of them or several of the in his hand, but not the hundreds with which they bound him.
Sometimes man in our complex society of today seems bound as Gulliver was bound by a multiplicity of things which are regarded as essential to existence, but which in reality are not.
On a parcel sent from Norway to England was affixed a label with the words—`Glass with anxiety'—in large letters, to indicate the fragile nature of the contents and obtain for the parcel cautious handling. The sender, with a limited knowledge of English, evidently thought that 'anxiety' was a synonym for `care'. The label would suit many Christians—`Christians with anxiety'.
(Phil. 4. 6; 1 Pet. 5. 7)
I have no cares, O blessed Lord,
For all my cares are thine;
I live in triumph, too, for thou
Hast made thy triumphs mine.—Selected