Rest and Peace
We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
The world doesn't get any better just because we're in recovery! We still have to pay our bills, deal with people, and face the stressful changes that recovery can bring. There are pressures outside of our control that will tend to wear us down if we aren't careful to protect ourselves from the world's onslaught of anxiety.
The apostle Paul gave us a strategy to help guard against the troubles of daily life. He wrote, "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" (Philippians 4:6-7).
The word translated "guard" is a military term that means to protect with a sentry. The image is one of a guard marching around the border of our hearts and minds to keep out the pressing anxieties of life. This is only promised if we routinely turn every worry and need over to God and develop an attitude of gratitude. When we turn our worries over to the care of God, we will discover the protection of inner peace that exceeds our understanding.
The key to God's peace is found in continually turning our lives over to him.