Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Philippians 4:1-9

We used to live in tumbleweed country. On a breezy day, as we drove down the canyon road, huge tumbleweed were blowing ahead of us, crossing the road in every direction. They looked like formidable obstacles, and my first impulse was to hit the brakes. A need for caution? Yes. But panic? No. I knew from experience that tumbleweeds tumble because they are so light. They are a bit like cotton candy which disintegrates when touched.

Many things in life are like that. They seem so formidable when we look ahead. Living in an uncertain world, we have a tendency to worry. There is a need to live cautiously, but panic? No! All that we worry about may never happen and it is sad to live in a fearful future instead of a confident present.

The “worry habit” is not easy to shed, but Paul, who had much to worry about, gives us a solution. In Philippians 4:6-7 he tells us not to worry but to pray about everything and thus receive Christ’s peace.

St. Francis de Sales wrote this to calm his own fears: “Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at Peace then, and put aside all anxious thought and imaginings.”


God, help us to remember that our futures are in Your hands and that we can have Your peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.