Do you ever get anxious? Of course, you do! Maybe there has been a sudden death in the family, or you get some bad medical news, or maybe your child is very ill, or you are dealing with a child who has addiction issues or has walked away from the Lord.
We never know what we are going to face in our life. But God does and He has a solution for our anxiety and worry.
Philippians 4:6-7Amplified Bible (AMP):
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].”
In these verses, God tells us that we are not to be anxious or worried about anything. How is that possible? Answer: In everything, by prayer with thanksgiving, give that concern to Him.
Why? Because you really don’t have the ability or power to deal with it anyway. Only God has the ability and power to deal with whatever concerns you and me.
In December I was notified my current specialty pharmacy would no longer be handling my infusion medication and supplies. As of January 1, it will now be handled by another company. This meant that I would have to order my supplies from this current pharmacy before the contract ended and have them delivered January 3.
When I called, I was told my prescription had expired. I called my doctor’s office and was told they would give him the message. I was in the office Friday, December 29 and was informed that my doctor was on vacation. I explained my situation and asked if the doctor in the office could submit the prescription. I was told that they were very busy and could not guarantee me it would be taken care of today. At this point, I realized I was anxious. I just went to the car, had my little cry, prayed and released the entire situation to the Lord and thanked Him for taking care of me. He then gave me His peace. I still didn’t know what was going to happen. The doctor’s office called me and said they faxed over the prescription. I waited and called the pharmacy. No fax received! The girl at the pharmacy said to contact the doctor and have him call it in. I called the doctor’s office again and gave them the message, prayed and was filled with God’s peace. Later, I called the pharmacy and was told the prescription had been received. I prayed again and thanked God.
However, on January 2, I did not get a delivery notice. I called the pharmacy again and was informed that I was no longer their client. Anxious, I prayed and thanked God! Then I very politely informed them that my prescription request was submitted December 29 and, at that time, I was their client. Their contract with me didn’t expire until December 31 so they were responsible for my supplies. The supervisor apologized, assured me the shipment would go out that day and I would have it January 3. I prayed and thanked God again for taking care of me.
January 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 – no medicine. I spent several hours on the telephone with the pharmacy trying to contact a pharmacist so I could determine if this refrigerated medication was still good. Finally, on the evening of January 8, the medicine arrived and I was able to infuse next day.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because this was not a one and done prayer situation! Each time something else would happen, I could feel myself getting anxious. Then I would have to stop and pray again, giving this new problem to the Lord, thanking Him for how He would take care of me. Each time I did this, the peace of God would flow over me and I would experience that peace you can’t really explain; and it did guard my heart and mind.
During this time, the Lord reminded me of an old hymn by Frances Havergal “Like A River Glorious” where the refrain says, “Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.”
Isaiah 26:3 (AMP):
“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]."
My dear friend, no matter what you are facing today, please pray with thanksgiving and release it all to the Lord and let Him bless you with His perfect peace and rest. Please write me and let me know what you are facing and I will be glad to pray along with you about it.