“Remain calm.” I can remember my mom using that phrase countless times as I was growing up. I was raised a worrier, and I give partial credit to my grandmother for that special “skill.” I worried about the weather. I worried about my pets. I worried about objects falling out of the sky and killing us. I worried about wars. I worried about how I looked. I worried about everything.
I have developed some coping skills since those childhood years, but I still catch myself worrying about “stuff” every now and then. “Stuff” I have no means to control. “Stuff” God should be dealing with, not me. In a sermon I listened to recently, the pastor said, “You can survive any ‘what’ as long as you have a strong enough ‘why’.” Sometimes I really fail at remembering my why. It’s really simple, after all. My “why” died on a cross over 2,000 years ago. He can take care of any “what” that is thrown at me.
Philippians 4:4-8, gives us a really basic road map: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
You can credit Max Lucado for this next part, but I love it so much I have to share it with you. I feel like the countless times worry overcame me, and my mom told me to “remain calm” could have been really curtailed if I knew what “CALM” really stood for in the context of this scripture above.
C-Celebrate what He’s done for you (v4)
A-Ask Him for help (v6)
L- Leave it with Him and find peace (v7)
M- Meditate on His goodness (v8)
So, at the risk of sounding cliché (but I’m going to anyway)—keep “CALM” and let God. May you be richly blessed this week as you relinquish control and remain calm! Remember—you can handle any “what” if you allow Jesus to be your “why”!