For the days when worry clouds your vision

Originally published Tuesday, 28 January 2014.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)

My husband and I climbed in his car. 

We were barely out the drive when he pointed to a mess on the windscreen. 

“I’m so annoyed with myself that I didn’t get the bird poop cleaned off the windscreen.”

A few minutes later we arrived at our destination. We ate dinner together and then headed back to the car in pouring rain. 

We were minutes from home when Xylon pointed at the spot that had been dirty before.

I watched as the rain washed the windscreen clean and my husband said,

“We really shouldn’t worry about anything because God takes care of everything.” (tweet this)

He wasn’t just talking about worrying about a bit of bird poop on the windscreen.

He was talking about all the big and small things we worry about on a daily basis:

  • Will this cancer treatment work?
  • How am I going to get this work done?
  • Will medical aid pay these bills?
  • How will my boss react to this question?

I love what Philippians says about what happens when we let God know our concerns:

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness,

everything coming together for good, 

will come and settle you down. 

It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (tweet this)

As we watched the rain wash away the last of the dirt I thought about how letting Christ displace worry in my life let’s my soul settle down.

The bible makes it so simple. 

Instead of worrying, pray. (tweet this)

Even when you don’t think of praying God is still there. My husband and I didn’t think of praying about some bird poop being washed off the windscreen but God still took care of it. 

This example of dirt on the windscreen seems trivial but that’s the point. If God cares enough to fix a small problem like that, then why do I waste even a moment stressing that he won’t come through on big things?

Ponder: Make a list of the things you are worrying about now. Then instead of worrying about those things start praying about them. 

Prayer: Lord, you know all the things I’m worried about. And you know how to fix them. Please come displace worry at the center of my life with Christ. Amen.  

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