“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6
When I was growing up, my mom always had a Bible sitting on the coffee table in the living room. I liked picking it up and seeing all of her handwritten notes in there. One thing in particular stood out to me. She had Philippians 4:6 written down next to big, bold, underlined words saying, “MOST NEEDED VERSE.”
To anyone who knew my mom, you would understand just why she wrote this verse down with such importance. Mom was a worry-wart; in fact, she was the queen mother of worry-warts. If she would have gotten paid for worrying, even my great-grandchildren would never have to worry about their next meal. However, no matter how much she worried, most of the things she worried about never came to pass anyway. The very few things that did happen, her worrying couldn’t have changed them at all.
Many of us spend our lives concerned for what the future holds. We sometimes “what if…” ourselves literally to death. Worry doesn’t keep bad things from happening, it only wears us down and saps every bit of joy from today. Jesus knows how prone to worry that we are, but He puts it plainly when He said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” Almost the entire 12th chapter of Luke shows Jesus talking about worrying being a waste of time. He is speaking right to each of us when He says to consider how God provides for animals who do not plant but are always fed; flowers of the field that do not labor or spin and yet they are arrayed in more beautiful clothing than King Solomon was in all of his glory.
This life is tough sometimes. Becoming a Christian doesn’t take away the pain and the problems, but it does help you to deal with them better. By being close to Jesus, you are setting yourself up against an immovable pillar. The weight of the world may come crashing down on you occasionally, but you are always supported. You are not alone!
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” How true that is. His Holy Spirit is living in you and through you, helping you every step of the way. We may not understand all of God’s plan and frankly it’s not for us to understand, but just know that our Heavenly Father is caring for us always. Much like the old “Footprints in the Sand” poem, Jesus carries us through the trials and difficulties in life. In short, if you walk with Jesus, you will never be alone. God is bigger and stronger than any problem that you could ever have.
During the last conversation I ever had with my mom, she seemed more at peace than any other time that I knew her. Honestly, I was more concerned than she was. Her cancer had eaten her away to nothing and we both knew there wasn’t much time left. But, out of all of those heart-wrenching anxieties, this woman who would have normally worried about anything looked at me and said, “My darling baby boy, please don’t worry. You and I love Jesus. I promise, we’ll be together again.” She taught me more at that single moment than she taught me throughout my entire life. She taught me her most needed verse as well as the next one after that which states, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” At that moment, she showed me the true peace of God.
I miss my momma.
If there’s anything she’d like for me to tell you right now, it’s that you can’t worry yourself to Jesus. Instead, cast your worries upon His mighty cross of salvation. He has you in His arms. You’re safe now.
God’s blessings to you.