Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Anxiety, pressure, stress, and worry! We’ve all experienced these emotions and with them come a loss of peace and well being. Many of my friends and loved ones have lost a lot in the past years. In fact the world as a whole has been going through turmoil, loss of jobs, finances, homes and more importantly loved ones. There are more situations than I can mention that people are going through right now that is causing them to be anxious about their future, pressure to come up with an answer to the problem, stress under the grief of having lost someone or something very precious and worry about how this is all going to turn out.
I like the way the Apostle Paul wrote it above, he said don’t be anxious about it, just pray about it and throw in some thanksgiving too. But you may ask “How can I be thankful at a time like this?” And my humble answer is “It ain’t easy, but what other solution do YOU have?” Thank Him through the tears? Yes. Through the pain? Yes. Through the uncertainty? Yes.
Do we want Peace that passes all human understanding? So much peace that when people look at us they marvel at how we are able to be sustained through what we are going through? Well the scripture makes it clear, pray, give it to God (He can handle it) and then thank Him. It’s too much for us to try and carry anyway.
Don’t wait to be at a dinner table with a turkey before we give thanks. Thank Him today, sure it’s rough, sure it hurts, sure you want to give up and throw in the towel. Through the tears thank Him and He has promised to give us Peace, sweet peace. Peace to face another day He has blessed us with.