Friday, March 03, 2006

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 31; Philippians 4:1-9; John 17:9-19

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7.)

In the late 1970s we were in love and knew we wanted to be married. Not only did we need to gain the approval of our parents for the marriage, but we needed to find a location that offered a pharmacy school and a government employment opportunity. This may sound simple at first, but it was quite complicated. After many hours of research (not by computer in those days), we determined that there were four universities in the country that were in close proximity to government installations. Two were eliminated for various reasons. That left only two possibilities. The next task at hand was to secure a job at the desired location and get accepted into the targeted university. To say that was an anxious time in our lives is an understatement!

The verse from Philippians quoted above sums up that tumultuous time in our lives. We did what we could do to secure our future: researched prospective jobs; studied vigorously; and prepared for interviews. Most importantly, however, we gave our anxieties to God and trusted him to lead us to where he wanted us to be. There were a few bumps along our journey. But ultimately with God’s help, we reached the first destination of our married lives where pharmacy school was completed and a government career was launched.

Recently we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. There have been a few more anxious moments and bumps in the road of our journey. Yet when we remember to give our anxieties to God in prayer and keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, then the journey is much smoother and more enjoyable.

Maria and Randy Palmer

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