I have been a worrier, how about you and my eldest son took up my worrying and that's probably why I have nearly a white head. I was always thinking the worst of the happenings and my son would lay awake at night waiting for his dad to come home. Burt loved auctions and almost every Thursday night you could find him at the auction barn. Well, Ken would lay awake until he came home and then go to sleep. I wasn't that bad but bad enough to think of all kinds of things happening if he didn't come home from work on time or whatever the lateness might be.
My youngest son and my grandson are living with me right now and he always gets home by 6:15 - 6:30 from work, and he didn't come and he didn't come and it was 8:15 and he wasn't here and I was in one of my worry moods and could see accidents, hospitals and all that stuff and I was sitting here thinking about all of that when all of a sudden I realized the sin of what I was doing and what it was doing to me and I said 'Please Lord, give me peace' and that quick a wave of peace came over me and the thought of 'he's working late' and I was just fine and my granddaughter called me and told me the same thing, 'he's probably working late'.
I didn't realize until then that God takes care of EVERYTHING even my peace and I can't tell you what that did for my faith. All of a sudden I realized how faithless I am and how much I need my Savior in everything I do, and even think. My blood pressure was starting to rise and I knew I was in trouble if I didn't 'quit it'.
Philippians 4:6,7 says, "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."
May I translate this verse into my words. "Don't worry, just ask Me and I will answer and give you peace that you do not understand and it surpasses anything you would understand and I will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus."
I didn't understand it but I can tell you I did appreciate that peace that He sent immediately and I was still thanking Him when I went to bed.
I don't know if you are guilty of that kind of worry or not but if you are, you know what I am talking about, when my husband would be very late, when he would come home, I would be so happy to see him that I would burst out crying from relief.
God has been so good to me lately and I am sharing these little stories with you to strengthen your faith in Him who loves you more than any earthly person. I hope you don't mind.
I have noticed that when we call He will answer and when He does answer, we should be as quick to thank Him for His love and care towards us. He has been working on my heart each day to improve my Christian walk and I hope He is working on your heart also. The closer we come to Jesus the more faulty we will look in our own eyes because we are looking at His perfect life, but it is a sign that the Holy Spirit is working in our behalf to help us in our walk with Him each day.
Be blessed with the peace that Jesus gives us and stop worrying about anything, let Him take care of it. Grandma Joan