You can’t stop an avalanche with a garden shovel

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.    Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

I simply love God’s word.  It seems like every time it instructs us to NOT do something, it gives us something else to do.  Don’t worry…instead, pray!   The verse above goes on to say, “Tell God…..…”  Wait a minute!  What do we need to tell God?  Doesn’t he know everything?  Why should we waste any time telling him something he already knows?

He knows when we’re…

…happy

…tired

…thankful

…worried

…angry

…doubting

…confused

I can tell you why in one word.  Relationship!  When we actively come to him with our heart opened a relationship is formed.  You see, only when we are honest with him will we have peace in our circumstance.  Only when we are bold enough to step near his throne will he guard our hearts and minds from all the distractions of life. 

When changes and trials approach us we really only have two options.  We can resist.  I like to compare this to attempting to stop an avalanche with a gardening shovel.  Our efforts are usually ineffective.  The other option is to accept it, and discover how to embrace it.  This leads to a strong witness to those around us.  It also is evidence that we are maturing in our faith.

What has shaken your world this week?  Take time today to tell Jesus all about it.  He’s waiting on you to invite him into your pain.  May you then have peace in his arms of love.

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2 responses to “You can’t stop an avalanche with a garden shovel

  1. Bill Skipworth

    These are very wise words. Thanks for posting them for all of us, Brent. I have been encouraged by reading them and I definitely will be living them this week.

  2. Much needed, brother. You have a way with words, you know. Loved, loved, loved having you teach with us last night. God has incredibly gifted you.

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