I think we underestimate the damaging effects of the heaviness of our cares improperly carried. Elephants, horses, and some ostriches are equipped to carry humans, but squirrels, mice, porcupines, and t-rexs are not. This is not necessarily due to the unwillingness of the latter group of animals but the design of them. They are not made to carry us. Reepicheep may be from the Most Noble Order of the Lion, but he can’t carry the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. Also, wheelbarrows function to carry many heavy loads but are not designed to carry trucks. Trucks, however, can carry wheelbarrows.
In 1 Peter 5:7 we are told to cast all our anxieties, or cares, upon God because He cares for us. So why do I attempt to carry them myself? Is it ignorance? Is it pride? unbelief? Do I want to carry them out so that in the end I can look to myself as the victor and receive credit? Why do I hold on so tightly to my anxieties when I know from scriptures and experience that I am unable to carry them? I was made with dependency in my design. Jesus has made a way for me have access to the one who has the whole world in His hands. As I trust God with my cares, He carries them in perfection, power, and wisdom and receives the glory, I receive peace from the “torturous distractions”.
We need to trust God with our lives and the details of them. This requires a faith-filled releasing of everything into His hands.
Read the thoughts of Matthew Henry on this.
Cast “all you care;” personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the church, on God. These are burdensome, and often very sinful, when they arise from unbelief and distrust, when they torture and distract the mind, unfit us for duties, and hinder our delight in the service of God. The remedy is, to cast our care upon God, and leave every event to his wise and gracious disposal. Firm belief that the Divine will and counsels are right, calms the spirit of a man.