There was a group of people on an elevator and as they were going up to the top floor of the high rise all of sudden the elevator stopped. At first the people just stared at each other not knowing what had happened. But soon they realized they were trapped in a small elevator suspended 20 floors above the ground. And then panic set in. They all started yelling “help, help.” One person started banging on the doors and then others joined him. All nine people on the elevator were in a high stage of panic and nothing seemed to help. They tried everything they could think of to get someone’s attention, but all they heard was silence when they stopped screaming.
Then one person saw a panel on the side of the back wall that no one had noticed. On this panel there was a little icon of a phone. They popped the panel off and right inside was a phone. One person picked it up, and it immediately started ringing. Security answered the call. The person told security they were stuck in an elevator. The security person on the other end of the phone saw that was the case on his computer screen and sent someone to rescue them. They panicked and screamed and banged when all they had to do was pick up the phone.
We do the same thing with our anxiety. We try to solve it ourselves or spend hours just worrying and stressing, when all we really need to do is pick up the phone. We can call God and bring our prayers, our petitions, our requests to God. We don’t need to get scared or anxious or let worry consume us. We can go to God and take the anxiety to him.
In Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We have committed to make this our community memory verse for December. We believe as we commit God’s word to memory that it will help us and change us to be more like Christ. And, becoming like Christ is one of our core purposes as a church. So, if you are feeling anxious and stress will you pick up the phone?