In Others’ Words: Remain Calm
If I had to take a “life test” right now, I would flunk.
That whole “90% of life is remaining calm” quote? Yeah … I struggled with that even as I made the graphic for this post and started typing the opening lines …
I’ve spent the better part of the afternoon and evening battling tears soaked with waves of frustration and anger. Calmness eluded me. So, yeah. If I took that “How calm are you?” test, I’d get a 10%.
Thankfully, life isn’t pass-fail. Thankfully, I know I stand in the wide open spaces of God’s grace (Romans 5:1-5 The Message) … and He doesn’t kick me out when there’s no calmness in my spirit.
There’s an ongoing situation that I can’t fix. One that shouldn’t be happening. One that should have been resolved months ago. But it’s not. And someone is being hurt because of it. (Not me — but someone I care for deeply.) And I’m … at a loss. I’ve done everything I can think of … and nothing has changed. Nothing.
Does any of this sound familiar? Yes, I’m being vague about the details I’m facing — but maybe you’re facing an ongoing this-makes-no-sense situation that disturbs your calm.
If that’s the case, then know that this is my prayer for you today:
When life makes no sense, when circumstances destroy our peace, help us to turn to You. You are outside all of this — whatever “this” is. Be Jehovah-Shalom, the God of Peace, in our lives, and in the very situation that has unsettled our hearts and our minds. We trust You when others have proven untrustworthy. We believe that You are working when nothing seems to be changing. If nothing else, God, change us. Amen and Amen.
In Your Words: When you’re unsettled by a situation, person, or circumstance, how do you find center again?
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