Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. NIV
This verse says it all. When I was a kid, my mom modeled this one for me often. There were times when I would go to her, full of angst and stress about some issue, and she would say, “Let’s pray about it.” At those times, we would bow our heads together, and she would always say, “Father, we have this situation, and we want to give it to you. It is a big, sticky, ball of wax, but, you have the ability to take it from us, and make everything all right.” I don’t mean to trivialize this … her prayers were often much longer and more involved, but, this theme of the ball of wax that we don’t have to carry or deal with ran through many of them. Today, as an adult, I still find myself with balls of wax sometimes.
As I think more about this verse, I also love that it says “but in everything … with thanksgiving …” That’s one I really need to ponder. It is challenging to be thankful when you’re worried. I’m wondering if that is a piece of the puzzle. If I must stop and be thankful, then I am reminded that the one that I am thanking is all powerful and all knowing … how can I worry when I have the privilege of discussing my problems and worries with an all-knowing God? When I can deposit my worries at His feet and exchange them for His peace? I will ponder that today.