Let God be your Lifeline
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7
I want to admit something; I have a phobia about water. I have ever since I was little. I never really learned how to swim and, since I live in the Midwest and not along the coast, I never saw the need. If I’m ever in the water, I never go any deeper than five feet (I’m not overly tall). I make sure that I have a death-grip on the edge of the pool. One foot must be on the bottom of the pool at all times. If any of these things go wrong, I panic. We’re talking full-on, freaking out terror. That’s what I thought of when I read this verse yesterday.
There are times in my life when I worry. I could lie and say that it doesn’t happen very often, but I tend to worry more than I should. When the waters of life start to rise, I panic. I mull my problems over in my mind, trying to solve them in my own strength. My thoughts return to them over and over throughout the day, when what I should be doing is praying.
Did you know that when someone is drowning, their flailing can not only cause them to drown, but it can pull down the one who tries to save them? I can’t save myself; I know that. What I do know is that instead of flailing about in panic, I should look to God. He will extend to me a lifeline of peace that exceeds anything I can understand.