“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Phillipians 4:4-7
Let your gentleness be known to everyone… This is good advice for sure. I sometimes feel we journey through our days completely unaware of the fact that “the Lord is near.” So busy are we running from one place to the next, trying to accomplish one thing after the next, that we do not pause to see how God is at work in and around us every day. In Paul’s letter to the Philippianswe are reminded to be aware that the Lord is near. We are invited in everything we do, to make prayers and supplications to God.
As we journey through Lent perhaps we can give off the practice, of being too busy to know that God is at work. Perhaps we can give up being too Busy to hear the leading of the Holy Spirit. More importantly perhaps we can give up useless worrying. Perhaps we can lay aside worrying about things that we have no control over. Perhaps we can sacrifice the notion that we are in control, and acknowledge that the God who has made us holds us in the palm of his hand. And perhaps we can take Paul’s reminder seriously, and lean on God. Perhaps in everything we do, we can lean on God, and come to God with prayer and supplication and Thanksgiving… Knowing full well that God’s peace will indeed guard our hearts and our minds.