“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.”
–Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

As the days go by, we often worry about our circumstances. While it’s natural for us to  do this, nothing good can come from  worrying. Over-thinking can slow us down or even make us sick. So how can we alleviate our worries and feel peace instead? I suggest turning all your concerns over to God, so that He can restore peace into your heart.

Last Sunday, my husband Timothy and I went on an unforeseen adventure. We were getting ready to perform a monthly church service, which was to take place at 2:30 PM at a local nursing center. Tim got a phone call at about 12:45. Tim is a hospital chaplain, and it turns out he was on call that day. His supervisor asked him to visit a patient who was being taken off life support. Although we were pressed for time, we decided to go to the hospital anyway.

We are both totally blind, so we had to take a taxi over there. Unfortunately, the dispatcher at the cab company misheard our home address, and she sent a cab to the wrong side of Phoenix. We called the cab company again, gave them our address, and explained that we were in a hurry.

As we waited for the second cab, we started to worry. What if we didn’t finish visiting the patient in time for our church service? Would I have to manage the whole service alone while Tim stayed at the hospital? All we could do was place the whole situation in God’s hands and see how He worked things out.

A second taxi arrived, but this driver had been asked to take us to an address other than the hospital. The transportation program we participate in is totally inflexible when it comes to making changes to a taxi’s route once it has arrived. We were afraid this driver would play by the rules and take us to the wrong address, but we kept on praying. After we explained our problem, the driver decided to take us to the hospital, even though he’d been asked to go somewhere else. For a while it seemed like the odds were against us, but God helped us to work through our problem. And for the record, we reached the hospital and our church service on time.

Whatever you’re worried about right now, you can always bring your concerns to God, and His peace will give you the strength to endure any problem the world will throw at you. God may want to use your current troubles to illuminate something in your life, or to instruct you and correct certain habits or behaviors you’ve picked up. He may not choose to solve your problems right away, but His peace and His presence will be with you, no matter what happens.

If you don’t know God yet, study about Him in the Bible and then prayerfully ask Him to forgive your sins and enter your life. God has promised to send His peace to everyone who follow Him, and to help His followers work through their concerns. So if you don’t follow God yet, I pray that you will join His family soon and become a much more peaceful person because of His presence in your life.

Thank you for reading this, and may the Lord give you a wonderful week! We are trying to reach people who are hurting, so if God lays it on your heart, please consider becoming a partner with us. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.hcmachaplains.org and click on the Donate Now link. You can also send donations by mail to HCMA (Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association). Our ID number is 560. The address is 377 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 260, Placentia, CA 92870. Finally, you’re always welcome to join our Monday night Bible study or Tuesday night prayer meeting. Both are conducted by conference call, and they take place at 5:30 PM Arizona time. Our conference number is 712-775-7031, and our ID is 607518748. We hope to talk with you soon!

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