After having to buy new wheels for my car, I can tell you that I really hate potholes. Even if you don’t hit them hard enough to damage your vehicle, driving over (through?) them is mighty uncomfortable. We seem to be getting more than our fair share, and that, along with the occasional treacherous weather, has made it pretty unpleasant to drive around here.
It’s so much better to be able to drive along smooth, wide thoroughfares that get us to our destinations in comfort and style, with little concern for accidents and flat tires. But—and you may have noticed this already—life just doesn’t work that way. Sometimes every way you turn is narrow or winding or pockmarked with holes, and a level road and quiet ride seem ever elusive. Financial worries, health woes, relationship concerns—these all eat away at our peace and make us haggard and worn.
Jesus doesn’t want us to be that way. Life happens, but he wants us to experience it abundantly, not apprehensively. That’s why he instructed Paul to write, “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
That’s something to think about.