Ok, Turn It Over!
Don’t not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6-7e
Undoubtedly, I will have one of those days, the plans I made fall apart, and I am frustrated. I go back to that place in my head where I second guess everything, and before I know it, I am stressed. At times, this almost seems like a trip I take on autopilot, maybe you feel the same way.
When I look at this text, I am reminded of another choice, one that is always an option to me, whether I decide to accept it or not! There will always be challenges and things that are out of my control, and that is true for you, as well. It is what I decide to do when I face those challenges that really determines what happens next. God is an ever present help in times of trouble, we all know that mentally, but making sure that translation makes it to our hearts when we are in the midst of something is a whole different story.
As people of faith, we have to make decisions every day. Just like you, I have to decide if I will do it my way, or will I do it God’s way. I am embarrassed to think about how many times I choose my way over His, but just like you, I am growing.
Today though, I work up with a new set of possibilities and a new set of choices. The message that resonates in my head is forget those things behind you, so I am, and I will. I am going to be intentional about taking the things that are on my mind, and the things that are bothering me, and I am going to go to God in prayer. Some of those requests will be big while others maybe small. Either way all of those worries and all of those problems will be going to the throne room, and waiting for the peace of God to take them away, and all my worry with them. God never promises to answer our prayers at an instance, and if He did what would we learn. I may wake up tomorrow with some of the same challenges, but I know that God has already solved them, and I am just waiting for my chance to see those solutions come to pass.
I remember someone saying to me some time ago, sometimes God calms the storm, and other times, God calms the child. I pray today He will do both, not just for me but for you, as well. Until I see, what I am looking for, or the peace He promises I will be at the altar, perhaps I will “see” you there too! Today I encourage you to take this scripture to heart, think of it and let it give you the peace you deserve. Decide to take the peace He has already promised is awaiting you when you give the other stuff to Him!