Don’t be anxious about anything. Instead, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
What aspect of these verses do you find most difficult? This is a great verse for reassurance and for direction in how to live our faith. But for me today, the petitioning is getting harder. And as the petitioning gets harder, I’m tempted to be more anxious. Petitioning means that you insist to the one who has authority that something be changed. I feel like I’ve been petitioning God for six months to help get our family settled into our new location. We’re now in Calgary with jobs… but we can’t buy a home yet and settle into a neighborhood, get our kids into schools, and plant roots. We’ve been trying every day to place our hope and trust in him. We know the reassurance of Scripture (Phil 4:9, 12-13, 19). We see his hand at work and we are so thankful for so many things… and every day I renew my trust in my God. Perhaps it’s time for a sit-in protest?