Herald Journal Columns
Aug. 2, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Cast all your cares on Him

By Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

I always know when the end of June is getting close because that is when I find us getting ready to go on our first week of working-vacation to our log cabin.

This year, we found some Nova-brik at a bargain price to put on our treated wood foundation. However, to cut brick, you need a diamond saw blade.

I found a good used saw, but I was having trouble getting excited about spending over $200 for one blade. So, one morning, I asked the Lord to guide me and give me wisdom in what to do.

A couple of days later, my Dad called from by Duluth and said there was a blade for sale in the paper for $50. I called the number quickly and the guy had four blades, one nearly new and three with 80 percent of the diamonds left.

I bought all four for $175, hoping I’d have some left at the end of the project.

You know, I almost felt strange asking the Lord about this – when it is clearly in the area of a “want.” I didn’t need a cabin, a brick, or a saw, or a blade, but it just seemed like a good case of stewardship (along with what I like to do).

So, were those blades a coincidence, or a benevolent provision from a Heavenly Father (through my earthly father) to me, who had asked for guidance?

If you, like me, believe they were an answer to prayer and leaning on His guidance, why does He take time to do such things, when soldiers are dying in Iraq? In the hospital, people die every day, and children in this world starve to death, mostly from evil empires who devour provisions for their own purposes rather than caring about life.

The only answer I can find in Scripture is that our infinite God is not limited in provision or in the number of cases he can handle – big or little. In 1Peter 5:7 we are told: “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.”

If He cares about a diamond blade for me, what do YOU need to bring to Him right now? He wants to show you His glory so you might trust Him for everything in your life.