not be anxious about anything, but
in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. And the peace of
God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus."
(Phil 4:6-7 NIV)
enjoy puttering in the yard, so
clipping the rose bushes was enjoyable.
I picked up the clippings, discarded
them and removed my yard
clothes and shoes. A problem happened
a few days later as I was puttering
in the yard barefooted. I stepped
into the rose garden to pick up
a few dead clippings I had missed
and I felt the sting of the thorn
even as it pushed through the bottom
of my foot. Limping away, I assumed
it would work itself out. No such
luck. By that evening the spot was
very sore and red, and I could see
a small black dot (thorn) imbedded
in the sole of my foot.
to get the needle out, I thought.
prodded and picked, only pushing
it deeper into my foot. "Ouch!
That really hurts, I thought,
as I now could bear no weight upon
causing so much pain.
The pain was personified with each
step I took. I actually had to limp
around the rest of the day. I tried
several other remedies to rid myself
of the painful thorn which had invaded
my body, and, finally it worked
have also had a thorn of anxiety
in my life. Have you? Something
unwanted invades your life and
pain begins. Self help methods didnt
remove the thorn of anxiety. Reading
the Bible didnt help, either.(sorry
to say) Listening to praise music,
or singing praise choruses werent
working either. Prayers of friends
were appreciated, but didnt
seem to cure my pain. Meditating
on a particular scripture was beneficial,
but the thorn of anxiety still remained.
I was limping around in my daily
existence, feeling the pain of the
thorn of anxiety. I knew what I
had to do, and finally- once and
for all- I gave my thorn of anxiety
to God. I asked for His peace to
fill me and to realize- once again-
He was, and IS , in control.
told us: Be anxious for
nothing. In this life
we are hit with circumstances from
right and left that can cause us
mild-severe anxiety. No matter the
size, the cause, the circumstance,
the bleak outlook or the weight
we feel on our shoulders, we HAVE
to give it to God (problem)
and allow Him to take care of it.