Do not be anxious about anything but by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind. Philippians 4:6&7
This verse has given me life. Worry has the ability to consume our lives, disturb our thoughts, take us offtrack and cripple us if we allow it. I will admit that I can be a worrier. There are many things on my mothering journey so far that caused me great stress because I had not really understood just how freeing this verse was.
About 41/2 years ago my husband lost his job that he had started 10 weeks before and went into severe depression. We were in a new town, had just bought a house on the higher end of the market, fell pregnant. Then I miscarried, and my husband faced months of unemployment and discovered just how much I can worry! I had to regroup my thoughts in order to survive. This was one of the most difficult times for me and I did not just go with the flow…I worried. That in itself brought lots of emotion into the situations we faced and I really look back on that time and think, ‘why did I not hand that over to God?’
This verse is pretty straight forward. It says..’ Do not be anxious about anything but by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’. Simple! Prayer is just talking to God. You can do it anytime, any place, with any emotion. God wants to hear from us. He wants to know what we would like. Don’t get me wrong. That doesn’t mean that we will always avoid situations but, in presenting our requests, God listens and will help us through each situation, growing our character and enabling us not to worry. God created us and he cares and loves us, so presenting our problems to God makes sense as he is the Creator.
Jump forward to August this year and we faced another crisis. My husband quit his job rather unexpectedly and again we were faced with the prospect of months of unemployment and moving for work. Questions started racing through my mind the day that he quit….How we will pay the bills with no money coming in, if we move, how will my daughter cope moving schools? Will I have to work? What if my husband doesn’t get work straight away, will he become depressed? Will my routines have to change greatly? And it was on that day that I made the choice to not worry and presented my worries and requests to God. ‘ God, Not again! I don’t think I can cope with a repeat of what happened in Gladstone! Please just let it all work out quickly and help me trust that you have it all in hand’. My prayer was pretty simple and the peace that I felt is just indescribable.
God hasn’t designed us to be worriers. He wants good things for us like peace and love and happiness. That is why this verse is so powerful in my life, because it reminds me of just that…I can have peace and love and joy in my life when I don’t allow worry to consume me.
My husband landed a job within the week and while it has not been the most ideal situation, as he is now working in WA and we are still unsure about what the future holds, I continue to follow this verse. I would have been a mess for the last several months and would not have been any good to my children if I had allowed worry to take over. Quite a lot over the past few months I have been the sole parent to my children and have felt like my life has been in limbo with many uncertainties about what the future months hold. In order keep going with life I have followed this verse’s advice and have constantly seen the benefits of being able to live in God’s peace, despite the disorder that may be brewing around me.
Do not be anxious about anything but by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind.
Mt. Louisa MOPS, Townsville, QLD