A couple of weeks ago, Chicagoland was hit by torrential rain. Around 8 inches fell in portions of the area, one of which was where my son and daughter in law live. I received an early morning call from him, while on vacation, and when I asked how he was doing, he responded, “I’ve been better, we have about 3 feet of water in our crawl space and 8 inches in our basement.” Arriving at their house later that day with Shop Vac in hand, we vacuumed water, threw away soaked items and salvaged what we could. While it was a difficult situation, my son said, “It could have been worse, my next door neighbor had 2 feet of water in her basement and the house next to her had over 5 feet.”
The problem: too much water descended in too short a time frame. There was no way the sump in their crawl space could keep up with the amount of water it was faced with. I was thinking about this in relation to a verse I spoke on recently. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4: 6
In life, we often encounter things that cause anxieties to come pouring into our lives. If we don’t have a way of moving anxiety off of us, it will build up, infiltrate and damage to our lives. (Their sump simply couldn’t remove the water from their crawl space quickly enough.) For the problem of anxiety that we all face, God gives a solution: Prayer.
Prayer helps us push anxiety in the right direction: Toward God. Prayer releases some of the pressure and tension that anxiety tries to force on us. Prayer points us toward the one who can help us face anything that comes our way. Instead of being anxious about anything, we are invited to pray about everything.
I love the promise of God found in in 4: 7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When times of torrential anxiety come our way, let’s pray and look for the peace. This is a promise that God delivers on!