Online? In person? Push forward? Wait in wisdom? Large group? Small groups with more manpower needed? Travel? Stay home? Meet at a restaurant? Meet in a home? All these questions I have asked in the last month, week, day, and maybe even hour depending on when you read this. Most likely you have asked these as well. Sometimes it can become a cycle of repeated questions, and it can be plain old annoying and overwhelming.


Last week I had been trying to decide on sustainable answers to a couple of these questions, and then it hit me how anxious the vicious cycle of questions was making me. I don’t like to feel anxious, and so whenever I do I take time out and go to the beach.


I headed over to the beach, popped out my beach chair by the water, put my feet in and breathed in the salt air.


Then I was reminded of Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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."


I started writing out my concerns, my questions, my prayers, and every anxious thought. Immediately, I received that peace that began to guard my heart and mind. Suddenly, my mind was clear enough to think and process. I started to write down answers, witty ideas, and my thoughts were with direction. I began to do what that scripture talks about, give thanksgiving making requests. Thanking God for the clarity, truth, and direction.


All week I have been able to go about in peace, clarity, and direction on those very petitions. Several times I have thought, why did it take me so long to finally go to the beach and talk to God about it? I know this. This is me, Caroline, just checking in with you to ask. Are you asking God what you have been asking yourself? Check point! Time to check in with God on every situation you face.


Caroline Hare is youth pastor at Shoreline Church. She can be reached at caroline@shorelinechurch.net.