“Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:26-31 (NRSV)
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” – Colossians 3:15 (NRSV)
MY wife is quick to remind me that I am not good at waiting. She has often pointed out that I make some situations more difficult by pushing ahead before I have all the facts or the cooperation of others. I don’t want to be like that — and the first step in changing a behavior is awareness. Coming into these and similar situations over and over again can get our attention and help us become aware of attitudes or behaviors that hinder our relationship with God or create problems for others.
When we are dealing with worry, anger, impatience, or other signs of anxiety, Christ offers us a sense of peace that can transcend whatever challenge we face. When troubles or situations arise that threaten our peace, we can rely on the strength of our relationship with God by calling on God in prayer and choosing to accept God’s peace in place of our anxiety. Remembering Christ’s words in John 14 and applying them in our lives help us to practice our faith when troubles come or when we feel impatient.
By Mark H. Anderson (Pennsylvania, USA)
Dear God of peace, help us to sense your presence at all times and to seek your peace. Amen.
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