It began a couple weeks ago when I was scolded by my boss for not calling him. Well, I had called, but he did not answer. He told me I should have kept trying.
Well, this week he was at a store and he needed to know some information. Rather than waiting on hold, he told me to call back after I got the info. Well, I did. The first time I left a message. The second time I didn't. So, how many times do you keep calling? I thought that was enough and that I should do the work I was assigned to do.
However, my mind kept thinking about how should I respond to him if he rebukes me again. I went through some emotions of anxiety, frustration, anger, and so forth. I then began to pray about it, also realizing if he really wanted the information he could have called back.
Well, when he came back, he didn't even mention the need for the information. Later, I brought it up to him, and he told me he knew that I called, but just didn't answer. Wow! What a waste of emotional energy! What a waste of time even looking up the information; he didn't need it.
Have you ever been there? Sometimes we let our thoughts and our emotions run wild, and we go down the wrong trail only to discover "what a waste." This often steals our peace. Beware of that. Beware of planning conversations ahead of time, especially if it deals with conflict. We spend too much time guessing wrong and preparing to say something when the situation never comes to be. Essentially, our anxiety wastes a lot of energy and takes us on a unneeded journey.
I have learned that prayer is a great cure of anxiety. Unfortunately, in some situations I allow myself immediately to get anxious rather than immediately jumping into prayer. I'm learning though. Unfortunately, if I would have prayed first in this situation, I may have been able to save a lot of energy.
In the words of Paul, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).