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. Phil. 4:6-7
A couple of times now, God has spoken to me through a verse that a commenter leaves on my blog. Yesterday, Tamela reminded me of the Philippians verse above. I first came across this verse a couple of years ago, and it caught my attention. The idea that God could give us peace transcending all understanding captivated me. I wanted to know more about that. I tend to be an anxious person, and this verse was what I needed. I memorized it and said it to myself over and over, and amazingly I did begin to experience an irrational peace, beyond understanding, when I was trusting God.
Recently it seems like God is throwing all this scary stuff at me, taking me out of my comfort zone. If it were just one scary thing, I could just try to handle it on my own, although anxiously, inefficiently plodding along under my own strength. But now there are so many scary things, all at once. I’m like, “God, I give up!” I am way beyond my ability in so many different areas. I have to trust Him, and I’m sure that is the point.
I wrote yesterday about how He wants me to be an assistant leader of a small group and to read one of my posts at a women’s dinner. These are scary enough, but on top of this I have two trips coming up that will be so much fun and are very exciting, but I will be traveling alone for the first time in years. I am used to always traveling with my husband. This also causes me a lot of anxiety.
But this is what yesterday’s devotional, Come Away My Beloved said:
“Behold I have sent you out alone, but I have gone ahead to prepare your way…I will surely lead you on a safe path, though dangers lurk on every hand. Yes, I will be your protection…” (Frances Roberts, 105)
And this verse came to mind, which also happens to be the same one that my friend, anonymous, wrote about today:
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’…He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge…If you make the Most High your dwelling…then no harm will befall you.” Psa. 91:1-4,9,10
I am amazed that God is speaking to me in so many different ways to reassure me about His plans. I began to pray Phil. 4:6-7 this morning, and again I felt my anxieties begin to melt. I forgot, He is in control. I’m pretty sure all of these scary things I am dealing with are His plans, so it’ll be okay.
Praise You God that You are in control when I am in over my head. Praise You that I can do what You ask me to, in Your power. You’ve promised to give me what I need, including peace that is beyond understanding.