sometimes it's the simple unexpected words or phrases that really cause our minds to think, ponder, simmer.
earlier this summer, Deborah mentioned one such story about someone who was worrying. And rephrasing Jesus' words on how needless it is to worry, "do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself" (Matt 6:34 ESV). she went on to say, "why should we spend time worrying, when instead we could spend our energy with 'excited anticipation' of what God is going to do!"
at the time there wasn't anything that i was worried about. but yet that phrase got a hold of my heart and mind. for several days i mulled it over in my head wondering if in fact there was a situation where that wouldn't be applicable. finances? sickness? broken relationships? nope. nope. nope. all of them areas where we can instead lean hard into God.
then last night in our small group we read Philippians 4:4-7, "…do not be anxious about anything…" (emphasis mine). A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!
that's much easier said than done. go ahead, find a person who's worrying, and tell them "stop it." and see how well it works.
but he goes on to say, "…but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." He's a big God. He's not intimidated by our requests. Does he already know? of course he does. Does he delight in us coming to him with our true sincere heart, laying aside all of the masks of how we think a Christian should act? YES, absolutely YES!!