In uncertain times, anxiety can cause some people to lose peace of mind. That’s why finding peace in uncertain times is so important. For instance, in January 2020 we wouldn’t have expected that by March our way of life would change.
In a matter of a few months, COVID-19 has made its mark on countries around the world. And as a result, families have experienced devastating losses. Such as the loss of a family member, a business, a job, or finances.
Naturally, people are anxious about the future. And for that reason alone, anxiety can void one of his or her peace. Hence, the topic of discussion–Finding Peace in Uncertain Times.
When you lose someone you love it is often devastating. The uncertainty of life going forward can seem unbearable to face. You need peace.
People want to comfort you. But who knows what to say? Your peace is stolen and your heart is broken. In actuality, you’re tuning every word out anyway. In fact, you want to go back to yesterday before it all happened.
So, you may ask; “How does one find peace in this?”
Well, in John 14:27, we find Jesus talking to His disciples, preparing them for His departure here on earth. Jesus knew he was about to face death and He wanted to leave the disciples with words that would impart in them—the gift ofperfect peace.
In the wake of COVID-19, the government has set forth certain stipulations. And social distancing guidelines play a vital part in preventing the spread of the virus. Hence our topic, Surrendered to the Process—Doing Our Part.
Of course, when some people hear the word surrender, they view it as a negative action. No doubt in some cases that may well be true. But in other circumstances when one is surrendered to the process it could well save his/her life. Such as, in the case of COVID-19.
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Do you have moments where you feel hopeless? Does it seem like you’re in a dark tunnel and you can’t see your way out? Who hasn’t had a moment like that?
It may surprise you, but in the midst of those dark, places we CAN find hope. That hope is in Jesus.
Truth be told, the love of Jesus is faithful and does not end. He specializes in freeing people from dark places and lights the path to a fresh start.
Let me tell you about a man who was in desperate need of a fresh start. Folks in town called him the ‘blind beggar.’ He was homeless, blind, overlooked and deemed as insignificant to people. He knew what it felt like to feel hopeless.
No doubt, he needed a breakthrough. Suddenly, the day came when his life changed dramatically. He met Jesus and Mercy showed up!
Fear–how can one emotion grip people in such a way that it paralyzes certain areas of their lives? Well, to answer that question we must first look at fear for what it is. Fear is a distressing emotion that stems from a threat. And that threat may be real or perceived. But the truth is, either way–you don’t want to succumb to fear.
Quite often, people make the mistake of placing their identity in the wrong things. Now let’s look at some examples. First, there are those who find identity in the number of likes they get on social media. If the response is not what they expected, they take it as rejection. Second, let’s say an award-winning singer can no longer sing. Said singer then goes into a severe depression. Why? Because his identity was only in his voice.
And what about the pro football player who gets injured who can never play again. He then turns to alcohol because, for him, football was his life. Last, what about a multi-millionaire who loses all his money. He later commits suicide. Again why? Because he could not live without the power and authority that his money once afforded him.
In the examples mentioned earlier, each person found themselves in an identity crisis. So, the question and topic are Identity Crisis–Do You Know Who You Are? When looking at oneself–where do you place your identity?
In our episode Watch What You are Saying, Lady V and I discussed how important words are. So, several questions come to mind. Such as, when going about your day do you ever consider your words, whether in thought or spoken form? Do you always think before you speak? Can others trust what you say is truthful? Do you honor your word? Moreover, do you say what you mean and mean what you say?