I wrote a note on my Facebook page the other day as I reflected on the recent Grenfell Tower Fire. My reflection was that the truly terrifying thing about the whole situation was the apathy from those in charge of the tower when concerns had been raised about the safety of the building in the months leading up to the fire.
The residents of that tower were in the vulnerable position of living in a building that wasn’t safe, and their vulnerability and need was met with a lack of care from those who had the power to solve the problem.
And as I watched the tower go up in flames (along with the rest of the world), I felt so upset for those people trapped in the tower. All those people who died because no one cared enough to really listen to them and make the required changes.
It’s a very deep kind of pain you feel when you reach out with your worries or fears, only to be met with silence or to be fobbed off – especially by those who are meant to care for you.
You might not be living in a dangerous situation at the mercy of some corporate body, but perhaps you’ve felt this way before with a parent or friend… Perhaps you have felt the sting of disappointment when someone you thought would care, didn’t.
This morning as I thought over these things, 1 Peter 5:7 came to mind:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I was really struck by how amazing it is that God actually cares for us and how this should lead us to pray to Him honestly.
Prayer is not some kind of venting ritual, where we get things off our chest and that process makes us feel better.
It’s actually giving our burdens to a real Person, who has real power.
It’s throwing all our worries and fears in front of God, because He cares for us.
That changes everything.
It means we always have someone to turn to with our anxieties and concerns. Someone who will not minimise our feelings or fob us off for something more important.
Of course, God will not always answer in the way we want or expect. But He always hears and He always answers.
When you bring your burdens to God, you will never experience the pain of apathy.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, friends – because He truly does care for you!