It was a full flight and all the passengers were calm and relaxed but the ride was about to get bumpy. The voice of the captain interrupted in-flight beverage services and asked all passengers to make sure their seat belts were fastened. Soon the plane began to roll and pitch like a ship on a wind-whipped ocean. While the rest of the passengers were doing their best to deal with the turbulence, a little girl sat through it all reading her book. After the plane landed, the man who was seated next to her asked why she had been able to be so calm. She responded, “My daddy is the pilot and he’s taking me home.”
2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [c]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
Overcoming worry and anxiety is a matter of perspective and that can only come when our minds are renewed. As long as we keep thinking about things from a worldly perspective then we will always worry and be anxious. We are admonished in the book of Romans not be conformed to the patterns of this world, we are not to see things from the worlds perspective, we are not to think like the world thinks, our minds MUST be renewed for us to be transformed.
Just as the girl in the plane was assured and had confidence in her father getting her home, we should have the same assurance and confidence in our heavenly father to take good care of us. The little girl seemed to know something that the rest of the passengers did not know, and though she was in the same situation as they were, she was not at all anxious.
Knowing that God is always with us and that He has also gone before us should give us the reassurance that we need. He owns everything and He controls the times and seasons.. No wonder God would say that His people perish for lack of knowledge. Because we do not understand His word and who He is, because we do not understand our position in Him and what He has made available for us plus His promises over our lives then we panic and allow worry and anxiety to hold us hostage.
2 Kings 6:16-17 (AMP)
16 Elisha answered, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “LORD, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servants eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.
May our eyes be opened to see that those who are with us are more than those against us.