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Putting Fear into Perspective

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And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:19

A funny thing happened last night.  It started yesterday when Scott and I were looking for a new fish tank and stand for our apartment.  We found one, but Scott wanted to wait to get it and I was going to price them online.  I found a perfect one on eBay and used the “Buy It Now” feature.  What I didn’t see was that it was for local pick-up only.  This is eBay, who does that???  Anyway, since I wasn’t able to make a road trip out to Los Angeles any time soon, I had to contact the seller and explain my mistake.

fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
~ Isaiah 41:10

Meanwhile, the worry and fretting over the whole request for refund ate at me.  Me, who has been a rock during the craziness of us selling our home (3 TIMES!).  Me, who trusts that God has the house-thing under control.  Really?  I was worried over $109 when we have an over $100K transaction pending with the sale of the house.

So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper;

    I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
~ Hebrews 13:6

Who am I to trust God for the big thing (house), but not trust Him to handle the little ones (fish tank stand)?  Stupid.  I slept terribly, having dreams that were all based around this worry that I went to bed with.

do not be anxious about anything,
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 and your minds in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t you know, I woke up at 6 AM to get ready for church and I checked my email and the seller had responded graciously.  He asked me to file a formal request on eBay for a cancellation of the transaction and that he would refund the money and all would be right with the world.  Easy-peasy.  And I lost sleep over it.  So, I’m reminded of my favorite Bible verse:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
~ Proverbs 3:5-6

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