In the Word
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Of the Word
The small African airport was crowded and seats were few, but I found one. For two weeks I had been in Africa as a prayer seminar instructor. I was tired and hungry. Pulling out my billfold, I was shocked to discover my credit and ATM cards were missing. Immediately, I searched all the pockets of my purse and jacket. Nothing. I waited for panic to set in but instead experienced an overwhelming sense of peace. Calmly, I prayed the Lord would keep my cards from opportunists and left for my departure gate.
“Lady! Lady!” a man shouted. As I turned I saw him holding my cards. “Are these yours?” I ran back thanking him profusely. The cards had fallen between the chair and cushion where moments before I had been sitting. The calm I felt when my cards were missing was not of my own doing. That sense of calm was a gift from God as miraculous as recovering my cards! Now I have a deeper appreciation of St. Paul’s words: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
Walking with my Lord
Lord, You promise peace in all circumstances. Help me to remember that wherever I go You are with me. Teach me to trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.