My neighbors and I were evacuated once again this year; first time was for a potential dam failure, this time for a ruptured main gas line just over 100 steps from my front door. At first we were instructed to move down another three doors, you know – just in case. So there we sat underneath a big oak tree in camp chairs enjoying a nice cool breeze, a friendly chat, bottled waters the fire department brought us, and the whooshing sound of releasing gas as we watched the hub-bub around us. It was later decided the cities electricity would be turned off; the power sub-station just happened to be at the same corner as the leaking gas line; a spark would not have been a good thing, could have made our small town smaller. We were instructed to evacuate the area during repairs; we needed to leave – without our vehicles. Our street has been under construction for few weeks leaving us no driveway access, so we’ve been parking in the church lot, which yes – also happens to be located at the same corner as the leak, so on foot we left. Forget reality TV, I’ve had enough of reality life out my front window the past month that you just can’t script. So what do you do with such circumstances?
We are faced every day with crazy situations. Some might wonder if they have a target on their back inviting chaos to take aim. Granted this may sound like an over exaggeration to some, while others might say “Yup, that sums up my life alright”.
How often do we hear remarks such as: Why me? What’s next? I can’t catch a break? It’s not fair! I can’t handle one more thing! If somethings going to happen – it will happen to me.
Is it possible to invite peace and rest into our lives or turmoil and unrest by the thoughts we entertain? Does what we focus on and the meaning we give to it have negative or positive impact? Ever notice if we are discouraged or upset that that we are more sensitive to everything; that molehills seem like mountains? Yet, when we are joyful or thinking positively, the same situations appear to roll off our backs like water on a duck and we can take the chaos in stride with peace of mind.
So what are we focusing on, is it the negative aspects of the situation or looking for the silver lining? In troubling situations are we able to honestly say “God, I’m not going to stress over this, I trust you to work all this out for the good”? We are advised to “Let not your heart be troubled”; “let not”, sounds like a choice. A choice to take our thoughts captive, to think upon whatever is praiseworthy, lovely, noble, of good report (positive),…
What will be your focus?
My child, my child, you worry about many things. Why? Do you not know I am for you, that I am on your side? Bring all your cares and burdens to me then stand back and see what I will do. As you trust in Me and your faith rises, notice the peace that begins to fill you, how the overwhelming circumstances now appear different and you see them in a different light – from a new perspective. When you trust Me with your cares and burdens sometimes the circumstances change, other times your viewpoint changes; either way the heaviness and fear that once bound you loses its grip.
Don’t fear the dark. In the darkness is when the candles light is best seen, when the true value of a flashlight with fully charged batteries is appreciated. The beauty of some plants is not realized until they have been in the dark, for only afterwards do they bloom. Similarly, as a carrier of My light, you shine in the dark showing others the way and radiate hope.
Don’t be anxious, it will not change the circumstances, but it does rob you of peace. Being anxious and worrying make it difficult for you to hear Me and what I want you to know about the situation. Be anxious for nothing, pray, trust in Me, keep hope alive; still your heart and listen to My voice. Let Me give you insights and wisdom to help you in troubling times.
There is a peace that I give which the unbelieving world does not understand, but they can see the evidence of it in the life of believers, those who accept My peace and steward it well. True peace comes from having a relationship with Me and My holy presence residing in you. What the world sees in you will speak greater volumes than the scriptures you share about My peace for their eyes are not yet opened, but they read your life and actions like a mystery novel – wondering what is it that brings you joy and peace in the midst of chaos and uncertain times. Be an open book for them to read; a book of love, hope, compassion, and a greater truth and way of life; be a well-read novel impacting generations to come.
My Child, I hear your voice filled with praise. Come closer, let me look upon you, you are the delight of My heart. I enjoy these times together when you are not rushing off into your day, but take time to talk with Me. Pause now and hear My voice, I love you, I desired and planned for you from the very beginning. I have special plans for you, you are my special child, unique in your ways, you are one of a kind. You touch and impact lives in ways others cannot. The world, your family, your church and your community need your unique set of gifts, calling and equipping, just as you need theirs. You were meant to need each other, to be as one family, one church, one body. In this you more fully reflect My multiple facets to the world. You were also meant to live life with Me, not apart, so I am thrilled when you are still and turn your thoughts, desires and affection towards Me, longing to know My ways, My thoughts, My desires, My heart. There is a lifetime of knowing, growing and learning open to you, there is no final degrees, no BA, Masters or PHD. What you gain does not end at your last breath, it’s good for eternity. Come, be still, sit a while with Me and know Me.
Lord, you nourish my dry and weary soul as I come to you in the still of the night. As a melody fills the air You lift my spirit up, my cares melt away. Striving ceases as my focus turns to you, as I put the burden of the “to do list” in your hands. The truth of scripture comes to reality, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Is. 40:31). You sustain me, oh my Lord, you breathe a fresh breath of life over me, I am refreshed with living water.
How can we be so certain God’s plans for us are good? We are bombarded at every turn with bad news: super-storms, flooding, severe drought, earthquakes, shootings, bombings, global economic crises, greater government control, diminishing religious freedoms, terrorism, and the list continues. With all the chaos and upheavals in life, when it seems everything is going wrong and with our dwindling faith for any change, one may doubt how God’s plans are to prosper us, where the future and hope is.
If God’s plans were to harm us, why would Jesus have bothered to come? Why would he have endured such agony and suffering to save us? Why would he send the Holy Spirit to be our comforter, teacher and guide? If God’s plans had not been for good, then why give us a Continue reading
It can be frustrating when we can’t figure things out, when the answers and next step escape us; that’s when faith and trust has to step in. We know that God is at work and is working all things out for good – even though it may not seem like it at the time. He sees the beginning from the end and knows what’s best. Let’s trust that current circumstances are a blessing in disguise. As much as we want a cake to hurry and bake so we can relax and enjoy it, if we take it out too soon the outcome will not be good; we also don’t want what the Lord is birthing to be delivered prematurely, but in the fullness of His perfect timing. May an increased faith, hope and trust in a loving God arise, and an infilling of such unimaginable peace that all fears and worry melt away.