As I went through prior years’ tax records and other financial papers, I found my last Social Security earnings statement. It’s dated January 2011. I used to get them annually so why haven’t I received one in 3 years?
I started to worry because in January 2012 my new employer put the wrong apartment number on my W-2. (Social Security gets your address from the IRS.) And on top of that I just tried to get my free annual credit reports online and couldn’t, due to some unknown problem. Did my mail go to the wrong address? Was my information stolen?
There was the devil’s offer. In exchange for my peace he offered me his version of 1 + 1 = 2. It seemed logical. Plausible. Too coincidental. The devil is a liar so his 1 + 1 offer will never equal 2 of anything I’ll actually want. But like a runaway train my thoughts were racing.
At one point I half-heartedly paraphrased Philippians 4:6 out loud. “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” (NKJV).
Soon after that I actually had peace and went to bed. But you know how the devil is. He lurks. Stupid lurker. (Is that a word?) I woke up at bird chirping-o’clock A.M. (that would be 5) and the devil said, “Hey you’re up! Remember 1 + 1 = 2.” This must be why I hate math.
Social Security opens at 7 A.M. so I dialed at 6:59. (Anxious? Me? Nooo… I was just suddenly cured of procrastination.) Apparently at some point Social Security switched to mailing the earnings statements from annually to every 3 years. But now they’ve temporarily discontinued mailing them all together due to their own math problems.
There you have it. Don’t do math with the devil. He’s probably the one who came up with those, “If Train A leaves the station…” problems we did in high school. But his train takes off with your thoughts and your peace, leaving you in the dust. So remember, 1 + 1 = Philippians 4:6!