Last week, my best friend and I decided to reserve a booth at the 2016 TPA Convention for homeschoolers in Wichita. We wanted to exhibit our publishing company (Crosshair Press) and offer writing workshops to homeschool students and have the chance to share our story with others like us. The problem? We didn’t have the money.
When I need something I don’t have, my first reaction is to worry. My silly old brain spins out of control, thinking up all the possible worst-case scenarios. But worry isn’t productive. It doesn’t accomplish anything. It doesn’t help you at all. It just wears you out.
So what did we do? Another friend suggested a GoFundMe campaign. We didn’t have anything else to lose, so we thought, why not? And guess what? In two hours, we had been given half of what we needed. Two hours! (We’re still short a bit, so if you feel so led, we’d be so honored if you’d consider giving!)
I didn’t need to worry. God already had enough people lined up to help us get where we needed to go. But God didn’t show me that until after I’d chosen to stop worrying and decided to be thankful regardless of what happened.
Today’s verses are Philippians 4:6-7.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
When issues in our lives are unresolved, it’s tempting to worry. It’s so easy to sit and stew and let our anxieties simmer, and for some of us, worry has become such a lifestyle that it’s second nature. But that’s not the way we’re called to live.
What I find interesting is that gratitude and peace are connected here. When we choose to express our gratitude to God no matter what the outcome, He promises to send His peace. And it’s not just any peace. This is peace beyond what anything earthly can provide.
This isn’t easy, especially if you’re used to feeling in control, but you can do it. It’s a choice you make when you look at your circumstances and decide to thank God for what He’s doing, whether you understand it or not.
Tell God what you need. He wants to hear it. Just be sure your attitude is in the right place, because no matter how this specific situation works out, God’s already done more for us than we deserve.
And then? Wait. And when you’re tempted to worry again (you will be), praise God instead. In fact, make a habit of praising God regardless of your circumstances.
God might provide immediately. He might not. Either way, He will provide because that’s who He is.