This afternoon after being out of state for a week, we were hoping to get to the post office by 4:30 when the doors are locked. When we were about twenty minutes away, my husband remarked we were not going to make it in time. Tomorrow is Saturday and they are only opened until noon and I really wanted to stay home and get things done.
As I was praying it was tempting to watch the clock or try to speed or run through caution lights, which we did none of the above. I prayed to know that we were following speed limits and I didn’t want to outline how I could get our mail, so I simply released the outcome to God. It was 4:30 when we arrived and they had locked the door but when I approached and saw it was locked, there was a man inside looking at me. I just smiled and through the glass told him we had just come from out of town and was hoping to pick up our mail. He returned my smile and asked my address through the glass door and told me to meet him at another door, where a few minutes later, he handed me my stack of mail.
Philippians 4:4-6 was the verse that had come to mind which reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I realized I was not anxious, but gentle and the man in the post office responded to that gentleness. Thank you, Father for spiritual growth that may only be tiny steps, but they are still apparent.
Gratitude and humility are keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and dissolve any and all anxiety. We need to always rejoice because we cannot see the entire picture yet that God has in store for us and it is always Good! Philippians 4: 4-6 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Pride and fear will never enter in and are dissolved by Love and Truth.
Whenever I become anxious or complain, that suggests that I know better than God on how to govern my world. I am not aware of everything He knows and sees and today I will be so grateful that governing the universe is not my job! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I wish all a very Happy Easter and know He is risen!
The world has it reversed when it shows peace comes when we have enough money, possessions, security systems, insurance, etc. If someone begins from that stand point , he will never have enough of those items. When we begin with God and express gratitude for what we do have; that is when we experience peace! Philippians 4:6 reads, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” As we pray with that verse, we can recognize our every need is met by God.
This morning I am working and praying with Psalm 139: 23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” As I read this scripture, I realize I am asking God to reveal to me any offensive trait I may display so I needn’t get upset when He does just that. I need to be aware of something before I can release it. Gratefully and humbly, I recognize that is exactly what spiritual growth is and I welcome it.