Have you ever been anxious and afraid? I have. Two weeks ago I had to go back to the building to teach my students face to face. I hadn’t been in the school since March 2020 and now Atlanta Public Schools had decided that teachers were to return to work in person.
Sunday came and the next day I would be walking into the building. That night, I talked to God, said my prayers, and wrote in my women’s devotional journal. I was so afraid and had a hard time going to sleep. I was tossing and turning all night. I got up, walked around the house and even turned on the tv to watch the news. Finally, I drifted off to sleep after a couple of hours of being up.
The alarm clock went off at 5:45 a.m. I jumped out of bed, ate breakfast, and got dressed for work. Our principal said that we could dress comfortably, so I wore some jeans, gym shoes, and a hoodie. I packed my lunch, put on my APS lanyard, turned on my alarm, and headed out the door.
As I drove down I 85 N, I began to think about my life and how grateful I am to be alive. I thought about the wonderful friends I have and how much I love my family, profession, and the assignment that God has given me.
As I got closer to my job, I began to get really nervous. My eyes even started to water up and before I knew it, tears began to roll down my face. At that point, I wanted to turn around and go back home. I turned down the radio and began to talk to God. I really needed Him at this point. I needed Him to calm my nerves. I needed him to help me so I wouldn’t worry. I didn’t want to be a worry wart.
This scripture popped into my head as I was talking to God…Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
In the above scripture, Paul is giving us some good advice. He is telling us that when we begin to worry, we should pray. We should take our eyes off of our situation or circumstance and fix them on the one that will give us peace in the middle of that situation. We should worry less and pray more!
I prayed in the car as I turned into the parking lot of Miles Elementary. A peace came over me as I got my cart out of the trunk of the car and walked into the school building. I stopped to get my temperature taken and walked peacefully down the hallway with a smile on my face. I was so glad that I listened to Paul’s advice. That peace that he refers to in Philippians was just what I needed; the peace that only comes from God, knowing that He is in control!
What are some things that you are worried about? Take your concerns to Father God. He is waiting to hear from you!