Mark Affleck

Yesterday Crushed Me, But Just For A Moment

June 16, 2018
Spiritual Growth , Stories

Yesterday was a very bad day for me. A painful day. A crushing day, really.

It was one of those days where it hurts both in the moment and also in how it will change the direction of days to come. But it’s also one of those days all believers must expect will periodically crash our beach behind a surging swell.
And dare I say it’s one of those days we should relish as an opportunity to grow our faith.
So that’s what I did this morning, starting with my quiet time reading Philippians.
“And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Choosing to trust God during times of incredible angst produces an exhilarating rush of his quiet and soothing peace. I felt it yesterday and I feel it now.
The alternative is stepping into the boxing ring with one of the most destructive saboteurs stalking the human mind and soul—WORRY. And I refuse that fight.
We cannot stop worry on our own. It takes God’s promise and power to hand every situation over to him. Not just the “easy” ones. All of them. Especially the “hard” ones like mine yesterday.
Knowing that God is guarding every part of our being not only alleviates worry…it also grants the peaceful assurance that God holds our future in his capable hands.
I ask God to constantly remind me that I cannot stop worry on my own. That it takes his power to guard my heart and soul and shoot down the worry saboteur.
What will you do when the next “bad day” knocks on your door?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

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