Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7, NIV
On Thanksgiving Day it’s easy to feel thankful. Smells of cinnamon rolls in the morning and turkey in the afternoon. Warm sweaters, full tummies, time with family and friends. It’s like the tastes and the smells and the time together was created for gratitude. How can we not swell with thanks when everything is so comfortable and warm?
But after the turkey gets cold, when the family leaves, when Monday morning rolls around again, it’s those everyday worries that start to steal thanks away from our hearts.
Anxiety kills peace and it’s hard to believe that so shortly after the peace of a Thanksgiving meal that anxiety can fill that same belly that was full of pumpkin pie just a few days before. But isn’t that how this works? Isn’t that the fate of this fallen world? To worry about our bills, our families, our callings, to try to control everything so that the worries won’t consume us, yet somehow the worry of control consumes us anyway?
Yet this is what the Scriptures say: Do not be anxious about anything. About…anything? Can you be serious? How is that possible? Is it possible?
It is, but you’ve got to see, you’re gonna look crazy to this world. You might look crazy to your family. Goodness…you may even look at yourself in the mirror and laugh and say, “Wow, you are so crazy!” Because here’s the thing, regardless of your situation, an act of thanks has the power to usher you into the peace of God.
Can you see it right here in these lines from Paul’s letter? With Thanksgiving. We talk to God about…everything. We present our requests (all of them!) to Him. And then these are coupled with thanksgiving! Why? Oh gosh, I hope we can see! Because when we understand this – ah! Everything changes...