Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Driving through Provence in the south of France is best done with the windows open! The wonderful aroma of growing lavender is not to be missed! Fields and fields of this beautiful flower delight the eye and its fragrance is calming. I have a small bush of lavender in my yard. I always take a little more time weeding in its vicinity, just so I can enjoy its perfume a little longer!
Lavender is said to have many healthful benefits. The oil is an anti-inflammatory and helps with headaches, burns and insect bites. It is also a good insect repellent and smells so much better than most! But what intrigues me is its relaxing and soothing properties, easing stress and aiding sleep.
Today’s verse tells us not to be anxious. Rather than suggesting lavender to ease stress, a much more effective remedy is ours! Prayer. My inclination is to worry and tense up about things over which I have no control. Not only is sleep disturbed, but I can work myself up to the point of tension headaches!
A simple song was taught recently to our French campers at English camp. The lyrics include, “I will pray, in Jesus’ name, and believe that things will change.” It moved me to tears one night. Frankly, sometimes things do not change. My circumstances may stay the same. But with prayer, I change. I can relinquish the control to Him. I can experience His peace.
Thank you, Lord, that You calm me down.
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.)