It’s so easy to get misdirected and caught up in things that don’t matter. It’s so easy to turn mole hills into mountains and as a result fail to see what’s on the other side. I’ve had a few things lately that have been causing me some degree of anxiety/stress/worry. Sometimes it’s easy to turn to God with those problems, sometimes it isn’t. When I was injured I could absolutely turn to God and pray for strength and patience throughout my recovery. But what if what I’m worrying about is petty?
Do you sometimes feel restrained in the things you bring before God because maybe they aren’t big enough? Maybe they aren’t Godly enough or you think that your worries don’t come from a place that would be acceptable to Him? I have absolutely been feeling that way about one of my worries. I mean really, it’s a problem of having too much…
So this morning I did my bible reading. And while Isaac was working on his reading I picked up my phone. I have to admit to not always noticing the daily message I get from my bible app. But today, it came up as soon as I picked up my phone and it read… “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Now I read that passage in Philippians a week or so ago as I’m working my way back through Paul’s letters. And I’m on 1st Timothy at this point. But there it was, looking at me, compelling me not only to read but to understand the message…to write it in my heart.
BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING!!! Think about that…God is telling me, he’s telling you to stop worrying about what you are bringing to him…to stop guarding your heart from him. He doesn’t want a carefully curated, Facebook perfect version of you. He already knows exactly who you are, the REAL you. He knows your heart’s desire and wants, even if you feel ashamed to admit it. And he tells us what to do with those desires… in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. If you want a better job, a bigger house, a nicer car, to get in better shape, to be better. Whatever it is, give it to God. Give him EVERYTHING!!!!
The next verse is where the really important part comes in…and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus”. This verse doesn’t say that you’ll get everything you ask God for, but it does say that if you give him everything, then he will give you something that surpasses anything you could possibly have desired…peace. Just sit there for a moment, right now, put your hand on your heart, take a deep breath, close your eyes and feel it…really feel it fill your heart and your mind…the peace of God.
There is no physical possession, no award or accolade that can give you the lasting feeling of peace that comes from knowing God and maybe even more importantly…from being known by Him.
Today God reminded me to let go, to give him everything in prayer and supplication and to be thankful. Thank you Father for allowing me to be my uncurated, unadultered, mostly broken-down self. And thank you for never tiring of reminding me just how much You love me, for giving your only son over to a death that he freely accepted…all so that my faith could be enough.
God bless you all, have faith, be brave.