“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.” Philippians 4:6-9.
This has been a difficult and exhausting week, if I’m completely honest its been a week where I just want to hide away from the world and pretend everything is ok. My mind has been filled with university stress and deadlines, whilst my body reminds me that I do still have a chronic illness and fills me with pain and exhaustion. I’m worried I have set myself up with too many commitments; afraid of failing and wondering how on earth I’m going to get through this year with my law degree, studying criminal psychology, recording a CD and spending most of my time in hospital. But whilst these worries flood my mind I hear God. God whispers to me and reminds me that He is God, He is sovereign over everything and He is in control.
I love the passage of scripture above, it’s simple. Do. Not. Worry. Instead of worrying PRAY. I love God reminding me through this hectic week to sit back, leave all these worries with God and pray. I am thankful that I can give God my concerns, the moment I realised this, the moment I focussed on God rather than focussing on my worries, fears and pain, I was comforted and I knew that this year is in God’s hands, God removed my worry and gave me his peace.
Right now I am glad to have a break from university work over the weekend, I need rest. However today is CD recording day number 2. As a group, Naomi, Andrew and I would really appreciate it if you could pray for us. We all have had a busy week and we need the energy to get through the long hours of recording today.
Although I wish I could take my Ehlers-Danlos away, I wish I could take my pain away, that my exhaustion would disappear and I could be like a “normal” 21 year old. I am still thankful that God has given me strength to get through this week, He has displaced my worry with peace and He will continue to be right by my side.