“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.”
Don’t worry about anything.
That’s the phrase I sometimes text to friends when they’re coming to my house and ask what they can bring.
It’s the phrase I use when I want them to relax without feeling that they need to prepare anything. Food? Bed? Towels? Coffee? Soft blankets? Phone chargers? I’ve got you covered. This is an evening for you to rest and just be.
I’ve always known this verse in the version that says “be anxious for nothing.” It was interesting to consider a different angle on the phrase.
How sweet it is that our God’s instructions are designed to give to us, not to take from us. That He himself reassures us with: “Don’t worry about anything.”
AKA: You don’t have prepare or bring anything. Just come, relax, rest, I’ve got you covered.
Perhaps that’s the type of ease and peace and “don’t worry” that he’s describing. The kind where you show up hungry after a long day, with messy hair and nothing to offer and you can just plop on the couch, be wiped out, and be cared for because you are in the home of someone who’s got you covered.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you.