Not My Circus, Not My Monkey!


Philippians 4:6-7 NIRV; Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him.  Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say, this is easier said than done! It takes practice to not worry, doesn’t it! I’ve actually taken to talking out loud to myself each time I recognize I’m going down the ‘worry road’. Regardless of the deadline or how high and wide the obstacle, the lack of finances, the impossibility of the situation, ‘no matter what happens’, tell God. He’s always listening, never too busy, never sleeps or gets tired, so the very first thing we should do is pray.

My mom and dad used to sing a song, “It’s Me Again, Lord”. The chorus went like this; “It’s me again, Lord. I’ve got a prayer that needs and answer. It’s me again, Lord. I’ve got a problem that I can’t solve. I don’t mean to worry you, but here I am facing something new and I need help that only comes from you. It’s me again, Lord.” Not that we can ever ‘worry’ God because He doesn’t. He knows the end of things from the very start and can handle the biggest problem, the scariest darkness, the most desperate of circumstances with no problem at all. I hate to say this, but it’s really DUMB to worry!

Have you ever just surrendered a problem to the Lord? You know, just physically lifted your hands and dropped them at His throne? I have, many times in fact. Each time I do, I walk away lighter, with a peace that’s indescribable. During our whole ordeal with our home, we adapted a little saying to remind ourselves it wasn’t our problem anymore. It was, ‘Not my circus! Not my monkey!’ When we were tempted to talk the problem, someone would chime in, ‘not my circus, not my monkey’ and we’d just move on. It helped us remember that God has this! We left it in His hands and have chosen to trust Him with it, we’re not taking it back.

Father, thank you that this day is another day that we don’t have to worry about tomorrow because You hold tomorrow. Each day, I place my life and the lives of those that surround me, near and far, into Your very capable hands. Your Word says that You are well able to keep what I’ve committed unto you. I won’t try to take it back and do it myself cause I would only make a mess of it. I will place my hope and trust in You. I thank you that when I call on you, you answer me and show me great and mighty things I don’t know. You give me wisdom and your favor follows me, wait, it overtakes me! I’m so excited for the journey we are on together. My best is yet to come. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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