“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 understanding, will guard your hearts.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Ok, so, have you ever read this passage… prayed this passage… meditated on it… wrote it out and stuck it to your bedroom mirror… and STILL FELT ANXIOUS? Anyone???
I think God showed me a little secret a few years ago and He’s highlighted it again this year. Bear with me a little, please, while I get to the point.
So, first of all, I want you to think about something that makes you deliriously happy. Like so happy it’s all you can think about. Maybe it’s a time you were in love. Maybe it’s a job promotion. Maybe it’s….(fill in the blank). Do you go over the event over and over in your mind? Share it with everyone? Tell the story over and over again and get a lot of joy doing so?
Ok, now I want you to think about a person who was incredibly hard to forgive. Do you ever go over the harsh conversations, the mean words, the shocking betrayal, over and over again? Replay it in your mind? “How could….do this to me? I trusted her so deeply.” “I never saw it coming.” “How dare they?”
My point, friends, is that repeated thread in our heads, the repeated scene in our mind’s eye is a form of meditation. That’s exactly what meditation is, you continue thinking and replaying the same thing over and over again. It’s like a record player that going around and around in your mind’s eye, your head, and your heart. As in the examples above, we can meditate on things that cause us pain and we can meditate on things that bring great joy.