This was originally posted, of all places, as a Facebook note – long ago when notes were among the few things Facebook had to offer. I kept it because I often need the reminder, and am posting it today in case you might, too.
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“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 heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Seems those verses have been on half of my friends’ minds lately, as evidenced by no fewer than six status updates from friends whose circles don’t overlap. It’s a good passage, up there among my favorites. A quick read says so many things – things like, “Oh, God is with me. That’s right,” and “Through Him (alone) I can have peace.”
Those truths are so, so important in my life – especially when circumstances surrounding my life here sometimes don’t allow much peace on my own.
But this morning, after prayer last night about anxiety and prayer for some family friends experiencing real tragedy, a different phrase jumped out at me in addition to the others.
“… the peace of God… will guard your hearts and yours minds in Christ Jesus.” Will actively guard them. Your heart, and your mind. I don’t know about you, but those are the two things that mess me up the most when left unchecked. But the peace of God, which has proven time and again to surpass all my understanding and explanation, will protect my heart and my mind (my mind, even!) from lies. From anxiety. From worry, and from fear. From doubt and rapid-fire thoughts that try to crowd out the affirmations about who I really am. From all the things that try to fill them that are less-than-healthy.
And the other part about peace, that I’ve long experienced in my walk with Christ? That still remains. The one that allows a still, safe place in the midst of storms. The peace that doesn’t necessarily say, “Everything is going to be the way I think it should,” but instead says, “I know who holds me.”
Do not be anxious about anything. But in EVERY situation – with thanksgiving – share it (unload it, even) with the one who holds you.