“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
One summer day when I was a kid, I made a bet with two boys I met at the local farmer’s market. For every ball they hit over the fence, I’d give them fifty cents. For every ball I hit over he fence, they’d give me five dollars.
Within minutes I was down five dollars. I said I’d have to go get money at home and return with it. But I didn’t have five dollars at home, and I had no intention of coming back. I just ran off and hid in my bedroom with overwhelming anxiety, expecting to live out the rest of my days there.
Two hours later my dad asked me if I owed some boys five dollars. The thugs had tracked down where I lived. So I confessed. He informed me that he’d paid the bill in full, and he hoped I had learned my lesson. I walked out of that room relieved. I just wished I had gone to my dad two hours earlier and saved myself from such intense worry and anxiety.
God wants us to do the same thing. Whenever you feel anxiety or fear, don’t delay. Take it to your Father, and find peace that transcends all understanding.
–from The 31 Day Believe Devotional by Randy & Rozanne Frazee