This week I saw God quite a few times in answered prayers and in the power of His Word to put a wandering mind at ease! Let me explain...
My week began with a precious friend (actually he is more like an adopted family member) going to the emergency room for some internal bleeding. As humans it is natural for our minds to wander in these situations to the worst case scenario. Letting my mind camp on those fears was making it hard to pray, it was distracting. So God lead me to Philippians 4:6 " Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer AND supplication WITH thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will GUARD YOUR MINDS in Christ Jesus." ( I have capitalized certain words to bring them to your attention.)
I have heard this verse read many times and it just really hit me differently this time. I needed to be told by God to not be anxious about anything but to take it all to Him with prayer and supplication. I looked up supplication, it means to beg as binding oneself. It is okay, and necessary and we are told we can do it, to beg something of our God, to plead with Him. I needed to be reminded that after I was done praying and pleading I should be thankful and praise God for my precious friend and all the wonderful times God has blessed us with. And I needed to know that after I had done this God's Word promises that His peace will guard my mind. Because my mind needed guarding from wandering off to the scary places!
I also used this verse to pray for my friend. I was certain his mind must be wandering too, and I wanted him to have "the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension". So I wrote it out on an index card and carried it with me all day. Then when my mind started to wander, I could pray for my friend and put the verse into practice.
I am so thankful that I am able to sit here and type this having already had my prayers answered. It turns out that what was causing the bleeding was minor and fixable. But there are so many times in life where it's not fixable or minor. So what do we do? In the future, I hope to hang on to the lesson I learned from Philippians and continue to put it into practice. How about you? What lesson did God teach you this week? How has His Word spoken to you?