"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)It's so cute when our little girls try to help mommy and daddy. Sometimes we let them carry small things, like the outfit we are going to put them in for the day. "Go take this to mommy and she will get you dressed." With a great big smile they dart off, pleased that they are able to do it all by themselves. But other times they try to carry things that are much too heavy, like the gallon of milk on the shelf of the refrigerator. The girls are determined they can do it on their own. They don't understand that their arms are just not strong enough, and so they need to let daddy carry it for them. Reluctantly they agree, even though they don't always want to let go.
God's children often act the same way. We try to carry things, all on our own, that are much too heavy for us to bear. Our struggles, concerns, and burdens in life all feel like a tremendous weight that has been laid across our shoulders. We may begin to feel overwhelmed. It is all too much for us to handle. Meanwhile, our Heavenly Father is standing right beside us, ready and willing to carry this load and to grant us His strength. For some reason, however, we still insist on dealing with it all by ourselves. We need to learn to let go, and to cast our cares upon the Lord in prayer.
"Be anxious for nothing..." Scripture tells us. This may sound easier said that done. If there is one thing most people are exceptionally good at, it is worrying about their troubles, real or imagined. We lose sleep, and mull over our problems until we work ourselves up into a mess. But these verses show us the antidote: prayer. When we call out to the Lord, we acknowledge our own weakness and inability to handle things on our own. We also recognize that the Lord is with us, and He is able to meet our every need. Prayer changes our attitude even when our circumstances remain unchanged. We are able to experience a greater sense of peace than we ever thought possible, as we trust in Him to take care of us. Peace is not the absence of troubles. It is resting secure in the all-powerful arms of the Savior, even when the world around us is in turmoil.
Does it feel today like your life is filled with turmoil? There is someone, who is called the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, who longs to take on His shoulders the load you've been trying to carry on your own. Call out to Him, and He will answer.