I am a determined thinker. Give me a problem and I am dedicated to solving it. I’ll go over it again and again until I can reach a solution. Recently, I was rearranging the furniture in our spare room, which is the soon-to-be baby’s room. I was determined to find a more efficient, spacious and eye-pleasing way to arrange everything. Since I am currently pregnant, I was trying to solve the problem without actually moving anything myself. I could hear the threats of all the moms in my life saying, “don’t lift anything!” While I knew I couldn’t lift anything, I felt bad making my husband rearrange it over and over again, so I played Tetris in my mind all morning long. Finally, I went and got the tape measure to help me better evaluate the situation. It didn’t seem like it was going to work out in an ideal way. My brain started to hurt, so I forced myself to take a break and come back to it later.
Does anyone else over-analyze situations like I do? While this example is more trivial, I treat so many life situations this way. I can spend way too much time overthinking the big and small things. Things like grocery lists, work projects, health concerns, and tragedies out of my control. Does all my thinking help me accomplish my goals? Sometimes. But many times, I don’t know what to do. What if there was a way to get an edge? What if I could have a greater perspective on the things that I’m thinking about?
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT, emphasis mine) says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
We often remember this verse when we are particularly anxious about something. But God doesn’t just want us to pray when we’ve reached the point of worry. He actually asks us to “pray about everything”. Yes – EVERYTHING – the grocery list, the work projects, the health concerns, and the tragedies. I can ask God to help me with anything – even rearrange the furniture.
After my break from Tetris, I did pray for God to help me figure out a good set-up, and he did. Suddenly, everything clicked and I had a plan. I communicated the plan to my husband and he was able to move everything accordingly. I felt so excited knowing that another problem had been solved. And, prayer gave me the edge I needed to solve it.
My mom recently told me about a spiritual mentor in her life who is in remission from cancer. This woman prays over her medication every time she takes it, asking God to only let the medication help her body and not harm it in any way. I thought this was so amazing. What a great thing to pray! I’ve never thought to pray about that.
God is always showing me more things that I can be praying about. I love that. If I’m honest, there is a lot that I continue to do on my own, but I love when God reminds me – in the middle of one of my thinking sessions – to pray.
Prayer is how we communicate with God. He is there for us in everything. He cares about every detail of our life. He doesn’t want us to just pray when we are worried. He wants us to pray all the time, about everything, so that we don’t need to worry about anything. I thank the Lord that I don’t need to have it all figured out, even though I try so hard sometimes. Jesus is there to give me wisdom and guidance right when I need it.