There’s so much going on these days, and people are saying that things are worse than they can ever remember. It’s not just what’s going on in the White House, but what’s happening in the streets and our own homes that are perplexing and challenging.
And sometimes, in a world where little makes sense, and we have so many problems and responsibilities, it’s very easy to ball up in a knot of worry and fear, or even to simply give up. But I have found a remedy for life’s challenges.
The first Bible verse I ever committed to memory is found in Philippians chapter 4. It says “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.
Now I pray about things that, when I was younger, I would never have thought to pray about. For example,I’ll pray before I go shopping, that I’ll make wise choices. Sometimes, it seems like I’ve prayed a hundred times about the same situations, because some things seem like they never change. But even in those things, I pray for wisdom and insight.
What I’ve learned is that I don’t have to walk around with the weight of the world on my shoulders. Even when I mess up. I can give God my mess-ups, too.
It is entirely possible to have peace in a perplexing world!
Cheryl A. Lewis