Anxiety Turned to Peace


"Am I going to find a job?"

"Where are we going to live?"

"What's going to happen next?"

"How are we going to do ______?"

These are all questions that I know I've asked before.  There's a common theme found in each of the questions: Anxiety.  I am not a person who likes uncertainty.  I like to have things planned out.  I like to know how things are going to turn out.

Many of you know that I have recently accepted a job with the North Highlands congregation in Russellville, AL.  These last few weeks have been very stressful.  I have learned now more than ever to trust God.  Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus."

Kathrine and I had to remind ourselves of this often.  We had to remember that God is in control and that He will always take care of us.  After we accepted the job offer in Russellville, AL we had several houses fall through and due to the quickness of our transition (2.5-3 weeks) I was starting to get anxious.  I started to pray to God saying, "I know you have a plan for us.  Please help me to not rush into anything that you aren't planning for us."

We need to remember Paul's words in Philippians 4:6-7.  Paul reminds us to not be anxious, but he also reminds us that we should make our request be made known to God.  I can remember praying to God, "I know you have a plan for's what we want...but we trust you to do what's best for us."  It was a hard prayer to pray, but in the end it strengthened our faith in Him.  The peace this brought my wife and me is unexplainable.  When we took our anxieties and brought them to God we found peace. We found Matthew 6:25-34 to be true just as God takes care of birds of the air, He will take care of us too.

I am not writing this to "toot my own horn" but to share with you our struggle with this passage.  It is not an easy passage to live out.  I hope you will find this short article beneficial to you.  It may not seem like it now, but God is in control.

As always remember 1 Peter 2:21: "For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps."

God loves you and so do I!