“Do not be anxious 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.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”- Corrie Ten Boom
I am a youth pastor at a small membership church. This past weekend the pastor was out of town and I was helping coordinate the day by making sure everything was in order for the church and for our guest preacher. This past weekend was also the coldest couple of days that we have had all year with temperatures floating around freezing. So, Saturday night I went to the church to turn the heat on so the building would be nice and warm Sunday morning. Long story short, I discovered that the entire heating system was broke!
Needless to say, I went into panic mode! “What am I going to do?” “The people will never quit complaining.” “There will be newborns in the nursery.” “Once everyone realizes what’s going on they will leave church.” “Giving will be down.” “Everyone will be mad.” “How am I going to fix this?”
The answer to the last question was simple, I was not going to fix it. Nor would it be fixed in time for the service. In the midst of all the panicking there were a couple things that I failed to realize:
- Worrying does not accomplish much. My worry did not magically fix anything.
- Worrying just demonstrates a lack of faith. My worry simply showed that I did not believe God could turn this situation for his good.
Let me tell you what did happen Sunday. Some people did leave early but only a handful.
Those of us who did stay for church service were blessed. Deacons came early and served the church by putting together heaters for the nursery and senior adult Sunday school classes. Church members worked together and found blankets for those who needed them. The Word of God was still preached, and we were reminded once again of how blessed we were. All over the world on Sunday there were believers being persecuted for their faith, worshipping in secret, and worshipping in less than ideal buildings. Our only problem was we were a little cold.
God has been so good to each of us. When troubles come our way the last thing that we need to do is worry. What we can do is pray and allow God to do what only he can do. (Philippians 4:6-7).