Have you ever noticed how God teaches you something and you think you’ve mastered it then BAM! He puts you in a situation to see if you really learned the lesson…and you fail. Miserably. Or maybe it’s just me?
Not too long ago, as I was returning home from a fair six hours away, one of the back tires of my fifteen-passenger van shredded. At that point I was going a little over 70 mph, in the third of four lanes, where three interstates converged and ran together.
God got us safely off to the side and I was back on the road within two hours. That’s when a wave of fear took over and could have pushed me into a panic attack. The spare, although a full-sized tire, sounded and handled totally different than the original had. Not only that, but my husband told me to baby it home. Even after identifying all the new noises and making sure the tire was holding air and asking a hundred questions and being assured by my very patient husband that everything we described to him was okay, I worried.
With each mile that we slowly trekked, my anxiety grew.
On top of the worry, I felt like a fraud because I had just completed a study on worry. I knew from experience that what I learned would work, so I puzzled over why my anxiety was growing so fast.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7 NAS
With thanksgiving. What does thanksgiving and thankfulness have to do with worry? A LOT! And I was focusing on all that could go wrong instead of on all God had done.
Right then I made a choice. I chose to find everything I could to be thankful about concerning the last few hours.
As I listed the things I had to be thankful for, my worry was pushed out of the way as I praised God. All those things were His doing. Although I was still hours from home, running on a tire I wasn’t totally convinced would get us home okay, I was at peace—and it was God’s peace. What I had learned from Waging War with Worry and Winning Peace worked. I won peace—God’s peace, and worry was defeated.