These are challenging times for sure, but we can use this opportunity to strengthen our most precious relationships, and draw closer to God.
Loving Father, Draw us close. Calm our fears and anxious hearts. Surround us with your strength, and shelter us through the storm. Help us place our trust in You in the troubled days ahead. Give us wisdom to know how to respond.
Fill our hearts with compassion for those who are sick. Use our hands and feet to help those in need. Let us be content in Your stillness, humble in Your presence, and ever grateful for Your amazing grace. Amen.
That is a common question in our home on Saturday mornings. My husband knows my whereabouts Monday through Friday, but Saturdays are often unscheduled. I usually wake up late (meaning after 7:00 a.m.), enjoy my morning coffee, catch up on reading, and generally — just slow down.
Do you live by a schedule? Is your day planned right down to the moment your head hits the pillow? If you answered yes, you are in good company.
Most of us are driven by the calendar and the clock. We’re constantly rushing from one appointment to the next. Always planning. Always filling every spare moment of the day with activity. And if we’re sitting still, we panic that we must have missed something.
We definitely are missing something. We have lost our way in the storm.
Keep Calm and . . .
We’ve all been hearing a lot about mindfulness lately. Merriam-Webster.com defines mindfulness as:
the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis
Maybe you’ve seen a commercial for one of the hottest new apps called “Calm”. It’s promoted as the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, and is the listed as the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Millions of people use it to help lower their stress and anxiety levels.
When you have to Google the definition (as I did), you are probably a mindfulness beginner. Or you have embraced other ways to cope with stress. To be honest, there are days when I’d rather be any place other than sitting at my desk, staring at a computer screen. And on such days, I would definitely enjoy listening to a rainforest waterfall, or the soothing sound of ocean waves while I work.
But there is calm in silence too. When I need to breathe, I will often open my Bible, read a devotion, or spend a few quiet moments in the empty church sanctuary.
“The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,”
Peace is found in the presence of Jesus, the One who walked on water and literally calmed the raging sea. His words, “Peace, be still!” have the power to calm life’s storms today, even as they did 2000 years ago.