Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Piglet Problem

There are Eeyores and there are Piglets. In almost every picture I could find of piglet, he is pictured as a happy-go-luck little pig, Christopher Robin's best little friend. But, the only thing I could remember about him was his favorite line, "Oh dear, oh dear, oh dearie, dearie, dear!" Piglet is perpetually worried. He can show incredible bravery, but seems constantly insecure. In one of the Pooh stories, Piglet and Pooh were sitting on opposite sides of a tree. Piglet said, "Pooh!" "What is it Piglet?" Pooh asked. To which Piglet responded, "Nothing, I just wanted to know you were there." For Eeyore, there is no worry. His only expectation is for another cloudy day. Piglet, though, longs for security, peace, and a beautiful day. Piglet dares to believe, dares to hope, but doubts.

Most of us are not that different. We have dared to hope, yet often find ourselves insecure, without peace, and wondering. Faith is a risk. To hope for a better day is the better way to live, but hope alone is not enough. When God says that we should not worry, He doesn't leave the command hanging in air. It is not a "You should not worry, you wicked Christian." It is quickly followed with instruction in how not to worry.

"Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

Prayer is not the answer. Buddhists pray, Muslims pray, Pagans pray, and even agnostics pray, but not to God. The answer is trusting God. Prayer is merely the means of exercising trust in God, "in everything BY PRAYER." Faith without works is dead. Trust without prayer is presumption.

Piglet has peace only when all around him works out. People who put their faith in prayer, only have peace when their prayers are answered to their satisfaction. People who trust in God, find peace when they exercise that trust in prayer.