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I remember learning to swim as a child. Mom would take us to the pool in the morning. We’d practice blowing bubbles and learning the stroke motions. Eventually I managed a desperate dog paddle! Funny, I don’t remember any of the swimming instructors. But I do remember my Dad. Once, we went to the pool during regular swim time. Dad stood out in the water, which was over my head, but reached just above his waist. I stood on the deck. Dad urged me to jump in and swim to him. Dad assured me that he’d help me if I started to have problems. I leaped in and swam into his arms! It was much easier knowing Dad was there! The anxiety melted away.
I think this is what Philippians 4:6-7 is about. It says, “Do 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.”(NIV)
When you pray, do you think to yourself, “Ok, God’s got this”? Worry and fear can melt away when you realize your heavenly father is present as you thrash through the deep waters of life. In fact, God’s peace guards your heart and mind. This is the word used of soldiers standing watch to prevent attack. God will guard your peace of mind! So, pray and relax.
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