We’re not quite here yet, in our reading of Philippians, but I’m skipping ahead a bit…
Read: Philippians 4:1-7
Key Verse: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” -Phil 4:6-7
Dig Deeper: Earlier today, I was thinking about our upcoming move. Right now, it seems surreal that in about a month we’ll be moving to the other side of the state, and we just found out about 3 weeks ago that it was a possibility. There’s still so much that we can’t do until we hear back from that final person, but at this point that final person is mostly a formality. So, we’re left waiting, and there is so much stuff to worry think about in the meantime. I’ve shared with you our really tight budget. If we can’t sell our house in a month, we’ll be paying expenses at a new place, plus nearly $700/month here as well.
Furthermore is the issue of finding a place to live. We aren’t sure about financing until our house sells (if we would even qualify for a second loan), and on top of that we were hoping to take our time and find that perfect place (in our price range) rather than being hurried to jump into something. But, there aren’t many places available to rent there (very small town), so renting may not be an option.
On top of all this is the overwhelming amount of details such as switching everything over, the overwhelming task of trying to downsize and physically get everything ready to move. Not to mention overwhelming emotions involved with moving 5 hours away from my family and hometown that I have lived in my whole life, and praying that we’re doing the right thing for our family with this move.
All of that with the backdrop of not being able to do a lot of it because we’re still playing the waiting game. So, with these and countless other related “worries” running through my mind, I cried out to God today, “Lord, shield my mind from all these worries.”
In that moment, I heard a still, small voice in my spirit. Such a shield is available. And he led me to the passage above, one of my favorites. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
If I let Him, He will bear my burden of “worry.” All I have to do is bring my needs and concerns to Him, and He will replace my worry with His peace. That’s a pretty good trade!