Whole

Earlier this summer I started a personal journey to find wholeness. Some might hear that idea and laugh; others may cringe at the thought of it. Cause let’s be honest. What is wholeness really? Is it even a thing? Or is it just something we all desperately wish was real? And if it were real, what would it even look like?

Oh, trust me… I thought all these thoughts and then some, but after a certain occurrence of events the time came where I knew I needed to find something different. I was so tired of going through my day-to-day life randomly feeling like I was lacking, I wasn’t doing enough, or that I had missed something all together. One day I decided that I would go through my journal and skim through some of my past entries. As I was turning the pages I stopped and stared at a piece of scripture I had heard plenty of times before; however, this time was different. The words literally felt like they were staring me in the face.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” –Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

There it was. The word “wholeness.” And the answer was in prayer. Instead of worry pray: “Before you know it a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.” Wholeness, real wholeness is God’s and his to give. And what is God’s wholeness? It’s a sense of everything coming together for good. Peace in essence. And what will it do? It will come and it will settle you down. It’s a sure thing. No questions asked. How do we unlock this wholeness this peace? By choosing not to fret or worry, but instead letting petitions and praises shape all our worries into prayers.

With this knowledge, I never have to worry that I’ve missed the mark… that I’m lacking in some way… or that I’m not doing enough. With this, I know that no matter what it looks like or how I may feel… everything is coming together for good. Because I know that my precious Jesus Christ will come, will settle me down, and will displace worry from the center of my life. That fact alone is more than wonderful, but it’s just the beginning of what God has in store for you.

– Jess