Philippians – The Happiness Letter
Imagine a humongous dump truck full of manure. Now imagine this dump truck being driven by you! Imagine backing the truck up to your big garden spot in your backyard. Beep, beep, beep. Here the rumble of the engine. Now, take the lever in your hand and pull it down, dumping all that smelly manure on your garden plot. Whew, you sigh deeply of satisfaction, because you know that smelly stuff is going to be mixed inwith the good soil to create the most beautiful, bountiful fruits and vegetables ever in your history of garden production!
Can we do the same mental exercise with our worries? Let’s put all our worries and concerns, every one, into a huge dump truck. This time the truck is driven by Jesus Christ. You are in the passenger’s seat beside Him. He allows YOU to pull the lever, dumping all the worries into the garden of our lives. He mixes and shapes until “everything comes together for good”. HE does all the work. We worship while He works! Spiritual fruits are produced in abundance. Wow!
Philippians 4, The Message
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
What do we learn?
–Dump it. All of it. “It” is worry.
–Bring all your concerns to God for He cares for you.
–Jesus is ready to displace our worries and settle us down.
–Worry turns to praise when Jesus is at the center of our lives.
–Don’t get a shovel and pick it back up, and carry it around with you! Yuck.
Dear Heavenly Father, We repent of spending too much time in useless worry. It’s unhealthy in so many ways. You are God and we are not. We trust in You alone. There is no one like You, no one at all. So, why do we worry and why do we fret? There is no reason. So we dump all worries and concerns at your feet, shaping them into prayers and then letting You take over, once again. Don’t allow us to stay in our state of worry for too long. Settle our minds. Jesus be the center of our lives today. Right now. And now we worship! Praises to the Holy One!
In Jesus Name, Amen