I know everyone can relate with life getting busy. For the past two weeks, the typical busyness of our lives has kicked into overtime! In my mind I am constantly updating my revolving to-do list — continuously changing depending on the most pressing need of the hour. At times this juggling act gets tedious and can push me to the point of feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or even discouraged. These are our natural responses, but are they the right responses?
As I write this, I can’t tell you I have the answer. But I can tell you two things God has spoken into my fretful heart recently, above all the clamor:
1. Choose Faith
I was reminded of Jesus’ disciples and a storm they faced. You see, Jesus was always there with them, yet it seems they almost waited until things had turned extreme to seek out Christ’s intervention. Mark 4:39-40 shares the details:
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
Jesus spoke peace to the greatest fears in that moment and then turned and asked His disciples the reason for their fear and lack of faith.
God asks the same of us. Why would we fear the outcome of any situation when He is in control and loves us with an everlasting love?
2. Choose Peace
The Lord spoke to my heart through this old hymn this week. I didn’t really know any of the words to the verses, just the chorus. When I looked it up, the words jumped off the page and touched my heart to tears. How powerful, how true!
Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.
Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!
What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
Buried deep in the heart of my soul,
So secure that no power can mine it away,
While the years of eternity roll!
I know that He is ultimately in control of all things. By choosing to have faith in Him I am also choosing peace in the midst of every situation. The requirement for peace? I must choose to bring every situation and problem to the Lord — no matter how small or big. He has an answer and He is waiting.
These thoughts are encouraging my heart this week, I hope they encourage you as well!
P.S. Speaking of peaceful things, Erin just started releasing some new relaxing piano arrangements on our YouTube channel! Check out the new playlist and leave a comment on your favorite hymn!