There was a season in my life when I had no choice but to completely depend on the Lord for everything. My health was failing, my mind was not in a good place, and financially I was barely holding on.
Surrender is something that I struggle to embrace, but in that particular season, it was a lesson that God was forcing me to learn.
I could not worry about anything, my life depended on it. When I started to stress and worry, my health declined even more. Anxiety would creep in when I focused too much on the lack of finances.
Something had to change. I had to do something different.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
I had to learn to pray like never before.
I had to learn to sacrifice my worry and complaints so I could praise and give thanks. So I started journaling every single thought that came into my mind and covering each one in prayer. I started writing down things that I was thankful for even when nothing seemed to go right.
In the middle of that storm, I have came to a place of surrender and peace.
I had to learn that God is there. He wants to hear from me, and He wants me to let Him take care of my troubles.
This is what Paul means when he talks about the peace of God surpassing all understanding . . .
When your life is falling to pieces but you can stand and declare: “I believe God!”
When you have no idea how you are going to pay the rent and it’s already three days late: “Thank You, Lord, for being a provider!”
When lies try to trap you in despair: “Thank You, God, for all the blessings that You have given this day, month, and year!”
It is possible to have peace and joy during a terrible storm of life. We just need to come before Him and pray and tell Him all about it. Then we can start thanking Him for working it out.
Let’s keep our focus on what God is doing, and we will find peace.
Today: Read Philippians 4:6-9