Philippians 4:6-7 is a verse I know very well. It says, “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.” My mom was insistent that I, as a teenager, memorized it. Although, I begrudgingly obliged her then, I’m very thankful I know it now because it changed the way that I approached the situation I faced recently.
A couple of weeks ago, my 1998 Expedition finally met its final stretch of road when the transmission decided to die. While my car had a great run, it’s timing couldn’t have been worse, to die in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year. So, I immediately started looking for cars. Then, while I was at youth group I was also trying to figure out how I would get from my house to church to my second job and all of my other commitments. I can honestly say I was a bit freaked out. I started to panic but something came to mind in the middle of my panic. Something that I had memorized a long time ago. Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. So, I did, I stopped and I prayed. I told God, you are good and you provide everything so I trust that somehow you will provide in this. I am almost certain that at the exact time I finished that prayer, I got a text from a coworker, offering to lend me their car while I was searching so that I could get around.
Talk about provision. What I learned during this car buying experience started right then, God is in control, he will take care of you, you are not alone. I am grateful for these truths, grateful for my community and grateful for a God who loves me enough to listen and answer. My prayer for you during this season of stress and worry is that God will remind you that He’s listening. He will remind you that you are cared for and not alone. If the reminder isn’t as immediate as mine was, take heart, He is still there, still listening and still providing.