“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 NIV
Happy Wednesday! There is so much to be thankful for today and every day. Try to make someone’s day a little more special.
Have you ever looked around only to find chaos and confusion? Do you ever feel like your life is spiraling out of control? Have you ever been haunted by things you said or done? Have you found yourself lacking direction? Well, of course you’re not alone. I think the more responsibility we have on our shoulders, the more difficult it can become for us when we face a natural disaster or any crisis in our lives.
I sat in a room with church officials yesterday discussing how I’m haunted by the pain I see surrounding me. People who have been evicted and have nowhere to go. People who have lost everything. Sometimes I go home and I’m able to chat with friends and briefly forget, but when I leave the house it’s staring me in the face again. Add to this struggle that our role at work has completely changed. It’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around. I described how I want to be strong, but I’m crumbling on the inside. Then, I listened. I listened to a man who is a leader in the community describe the same pain. While he didn’t break down in tears, I felt the pain as he spoke of trying to stay strong. The same pain I felt, but a little different perspective.
So, you may wonder what came of all of this. Well, we were able to comfort each other through understanding. Grief is a process that is difficult and the stages can reoccur simultaneously and in different orders. It’s still real. The quick answer is don’t focus on the storm, but turn to God. The longer answer is give yourself time, turn to God throughout every day, be there for one another, and it’s okay to show your human side. In fact, our heart shines through in our most vulnerable moments.
If you are going through a storm in your life, you are never alone. Send any prayer requests you have and I will take them seriously. God bless you.