Anxiety and God?

Posted by on May 4, 2007

I see that I’ve been remiss in my blogin duties!  I missed April entirely!!  (You can see some of what I’ve been thinking about in my church newsletter blog posts for April and for May.)

Anyway, the property question that I was talking about in my last entry here was pretty much resolved – until Wednesday.  Our presbytery (the regional group of churches) was going to buy the piece of property we had been considering, giving Trinity the option of picking it up in two years.  That was pretty much ideal.  The opportunity would not be lost, but the church didn’t have to be ready this second.

But Wednesday, when the seller was supposed to sign the papers, he received another offer for significantly more money.  The land would no longer be a church, but the selling church would be able to do some nice things with it.  Still, that piece of land – so close to the new housing – would never be a church.

God told me not to worry about it this morning.  “It’s not your problem,” he assured me.  But not worrying isn’t my strongest suit.  I prefer to be at least partly in control of situations, and I like to have a plan for the future.  Without this land, we don’t have a plan right now.  I know that God can still do something, but I don’t know what it will be.

Then I realized that I had met with a church member this morning and the raced to the gym so I hadn’t done my morning prayer time today.  So I planned to get my devotional book when I realized that we have a Bible passage on our church website.  (This has happened before.)  What do you suppose it said?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”             Philippians 4:6-7

The prospect of losing this property after months of work is nasty.  But here are God’s words to me.  So I need to hand it over.

Is there somewhere that God is asking you to hand over today?

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