While sitting at my desk this morning and glancing out the windows at the various clouds, beautiful trees, numerous deer, I know that everything in God’s universe is in it’s perfect place and there is no randomness! I believe the same is true in my life. Everything and everyone is in my life for a reason and I can find out that reason when I give up human will and outlining and quieten worldly thoughts throughout the day.
It is so easy to get caught up in this world with the overstimulation of the human senses due to all of the technology surrounding us. We need to master it not vice versa. Let it serve us! Philippians 4:6 which is one of my favorite verses, states “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Last night we lost our power until after midnight and then it went out three or four more times. There were over seven hundred homes affected. My husband and I read by candlelight until we went to bed. I began pondering peace during this time and thinking of how the Israelites could not store up manna, but had to gather it daily. Not so long ago, I would have felt so inconvenienced, anxious and fretful but I began to be thankful for the conveniences we have daily and take for granted.
This morning we found out it was a woman, intoxicated who had run into the power box. I found myself praying about her.
Last evening, Philippians 4:6,7 and 19 came to me which states “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus….And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” As I prayed I realized it was not for the power to return on but to have peace during that time.
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.
Today marks a year since I began writing this blog! My intent was to listen to God as I studied and prayed each morning and to write something, followed by one of my husband’s pictures, which never fail to inspire me. The main point was to consciously see what God sees rather than being tempted to look at something through human eyes. The Christ is always right here with us and so often, I worked with Philippians 4:6 which reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Have been out of town for the past few days and even though, God is always with me, I find peace in returning to my desk and windows. Studying and praying this morning, I realize that stress is trying to do things personally using limited human love, rather than God’s infinite love. There is such a difference. His Love dissolves all stress! The battle is always God”s, never mine.
In Philippians 4:6, it states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”