How many of us have heard that scripture before? It’s Philippians 4:6-7. The Amplified version says it like this:
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace (shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul issued of its salvations though Christ, and so feather nothing from God and being content with its earthy lot of whatever sort that is, that peace) which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
I’ve quoted that Scripture often during different times of my life, mainly when I’m stressing about something. And God ALWAYS brings me through. And when that stressful situation passes, I tend to put the scripture back in my toolbox and forget it.
Recently my husband and I were starting our vacation and had to take 2 planes. Keith, my husband, is 6’7” and we usually switch our seats at the gate so we can get an Exit Row. But this time they said it would be an upgrade fee. We thought we got a grumpy gate agent. So we declined and kept our original seats. We knew we have favor with God, which means we have favor with man, and something would work out. As we sat down, Keith spotted two empty seats in the Exit Row and asked the flight attendant if we could move. Now, you’re probably thinking the flight attendant gave us those Exit Row seats, right? Wrong. She said we needed to have purchased them at the gate. LOL
The flight was less than two hours, and Keith wasn’t uncomfortable so we were actually okay in our seats. But about an hour into the flight, I got up to use the restroom and discovered the whole back section of the plane was empty. So I told Keith, “let’s move”. I thought we were just taking regular empty seats. No big deal. But do you know where we sat? You guessed it. In an Exit Row! Oops. The same flight attendant told us she was going to let us stay there but the airline had changed its policy a couple months prior and there was now a charge (so the gate agent wasn’t being grumpy after all, she was just following the rules). We were very appreciative and Keith got to unfold his super long legs. We decided we’d pay for Exit Row seats on our connecting flight. But the first flight was delayed and we were the last in line to board. Keith said there probably wouldn’t be any open Exit Row seats and he’d be cramped for the next 4 hours. But I said “we have favor and we’re going to ask anyway”. So as the gate agent was about to scan our boarding pass, I asked if we could upgrade our seats. And she said… “No.” No upgrades were available. BUT she checked her system and found an empty row and gave it to us, so Keith was still able to stretch his legs. As we took our seats, I told Keith that we have to always remember that we have God’s favor upon us. And because we have favor, we should “Be anxious for nothing”. The scripture that I’d kept in reserves for emergencies, was actually a scripture that should be part of my daily confession.
When I have a need, any need, no matter how big or small, I should ALWAYS go to God about it first. And establish within myself that God can’t lie. He said He’ll supply all of my need according to His riches in glory, through Christ Jesus. And when I have this rooted within me, I can confidently be anxious for nothing, but through my prayers and talks with God, I am able to make my requests known to Him. And He answers!
The answer doesn’t always come like we expect. Keith and I were never told that we could sit in the Exit Row, and yet on both flights, by being confident that God would work it out, we were able to travel comfortably. And that’s all we really wanted! (By the way, we got Exit Row seating on both flights home!)
And that’s what God wants for you. He wants you to stop worrying. Remind yourself that He says instead of being anxious, talk to Him. He always has an on-time answer!!
Be Blessed and Have A Fantastic Day!
– I am not a minister, preacher, evangelist, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God…