Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
If anyone really gets to know me, they’ll know that I can be plagued with trouble. Yes, I’ve done much better in recent years in not being plagued nearly as much. But when the inevitable problems come which in some way may seem unresolveable or threatening, I cave in to the same old fear. Even though by and large, I have known how to better get out of that funk, still the fall seems damaging enough.
I think a current lesson that the Lord is trying to get through to me I would frame something like this: When the troubles come, no matter what they are, the first thing you should do and continue to do is to pray, at least until light comes on what you ought or ought not to do. To simply keep praying, telling God about it all, about the problem and our fear. And looking to God for God’s answer, which includes not only the problem itself, but us in the midst of it.
I can’t help but think that out of this can come a much greater good than resolution of the problems themselves. That what God wants is an interactive relationship in which we begin to know God on a much deeper personal level, a knowledge which isn’t just about us and God, but certainly includes that.
To avoid the danger of too much muddying of the waters, I would rather just leave it go at that, with this to sum it up, a note I was sharing with friends yesterday: One kind of prevailing thought in my head today which I’ve been trying to do: Turn everything into a prayer. Whatever worry or stray thought it might be. And the good thoughts as well, for that matter.
Yes. We help ourselves and each other best, when we point to God in and through Jesus as the One we should constantly be in living interaction with. An interactivity which for sure is to include a regular taking in of the full counself or will of God. And one that is hopefully growing toward closer communion in an interactive relationship with God. Amazingly enough.