One of my parents’ favorite stories to tell about my childhood is the time they went away for a few days and left my brother and me, both in elementary school, with a family from our church with three kids in high school. We got to attend all sorts of sporting events and band contests, but we also missed out on a lot of sleep we were used to getting. One night, in the midst of a delicious dinner of pancakes, I spontaneously burst into tears. Upon being asked what was wrong, I replied woefully, “There’s not enough syrup on my pancakes!”
That line has become a running joke in our family whenever someone is so tired or worn out that small, silly things seem like the end of the world. I’ve always been the type of person who has difficulty coping if I’m not taking proper care of myself, so I’m guilty of this far too often! Here’s what the Bible says:
“Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far greater than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
There’s a reason I have this verse committed to memory, and it’s not because I like to judge stressed-out people – I definitely don’t have this down myself! And even when I’m doing something I love, like writing or arranging music, I can get really cranky when the perfectionist in me is unsatisfied.
This world is so fast-paced, and it just seems to get more and more so as I get older. But God never intended for us to have to deal with life on our own. He tells us to give Him our worries, and He’ll give us peace in return. That doesn’t sound like a fair trade at all! But really it’s a win-win, because we get to relax, and God gets the glory for solving our problems!
I feel like I’ve been a broken record about God’s peace in the short existence of this blog, but that’s just where I am in my life right now. I hope that these words will encourage any of you who are going through particularly stressful times in your life as well. May God’s peace reign in your hearts as you trust Him with whatever you’re facing.
[November 4, 2012]