Thursday, May 21, 2015

God and the Gecko

Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you.
               1 Peter 5:7 NIV

                Recently, my husband and I had lunch with friends at a local restaurant. The twenty minute wait to be seated took us outside in the fresh spring air, and via modern technology we spent our waiting time searching homes for sale using our realtor friend’s cell phone.

            Finally we were seated by a window with a hummingbird feeder hung at eye level allowing us to enjoy watching God’s tiny creatures zip in and out of view. As we chatted and delighted ourselves with the hummingbirds we were surprised by a gecko making his way across the outside bottom of the window.
            Our realtor friend wanted a photo so she reached into her purse to grab her cell phone. It was not there. She began pulling items from her purse; searching the bottom brought no results. As she continued to search, another member of our group went to look outside. Finally, the phone was located and we all rejoiced as smiles replaced furrowed brows and relief replaced anxiety.

            Like me, I am sure you have noticed that life is filled with such moments. Opportunities for anxiousness. Situations for stress. Places for panic.

            But God’s Word tells us that when we have opportunity to be anxious, we should throw all our worries and concerns onto Him because He is already thinking about us. He knows our need. He travels with us through our trials. He cares! Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything…” just tell our Father, God.

            The result of putting it in our Father’s hands, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God’s peace is different than the world’s peace. It is not peace found by positive thinking or determining within ourselves to be at peace. It is not peace found by absence of conflict or by resolving to refrain from argument with others.

            It is perfect peace that is only found in knowing, trusting, and believing that God is in control. He cares for and thinks about His children. The earth is at His disposal to do His will to bring about His results. He can even use a gecko to begin the search for a lost phone. So today, why not cast all your anxiety on Him?

© Joyce Powell

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