Hand it over…. remember those words as a child. Your mum or dad or teacher ?, asking you to hand them that thing which was distracting you, that you had taken without permission, that you were playing with when you were meant to be sleeping. Don’t remember- me either ?
Reminds me a little of Philippians 4:6-7(NJKV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Supplication, such an old fashioned word but, it is described as earnest or intense, extended prayer not because your request gains merit or worth with more words or time. Rather, this is the process where the concern is transferred fully from your hands to His- to God’s.
It takes time to hand things over, sometimes grabbing them back a few times before they are fully given into His hands; timing and ways.
It is in the handing over and prayer (chatting with God) that peace is found in a situation or circumstances. Ever had peace at a time when it doesn’t make sense; your world is seemly falling apart and yet inside you feel calm. That’s the kind of peace which is available when you talk with God about your life and hand your concerns to Him. The Bible describes it as ‘the peace of God which surpasses all understanding‘. I don’t know about you but I love it when life is going crazy (wait for it – that’s not the bit I love) and yet in spite of that I’m calm. At rest. At peace. Relaxed. It’s amazing the clarity that comes when you are at peace in a storm that life is whipping up.
So to your storm today – I say peace- be still! Lean in and chat with God about all that’s going on. Sometimes the storm lasts for a minute but the rainbow it produces for years. Today – be chilling with Him!
Ok…. until next time
Happy Pondering x
Republished with permission. First published on sozotalk.wordpress.com on 25th August 2017