Humans are full of feelings. And as such, you know life comes with internal emotional conflict as you continue to cope with its curveballs. Daily, many of us crave comfort as we seek joy. But we can’t cancel life’s ebb and flow. So, what to do?
In addition to deep breathing and prayer, I turn my attention to a piece of paper tucked in my
Bible. My guess is that it was provided at an APC Mother-Daughter banquet long ago. It comes
in handy, and I start flipping pages. Maybe you will embrace this little kick-starter of a sheet too.
Here’s an example. Odds are that anxiety creeps into your life. How could you not be anxious at
times (and I don’t mean it in the oft-used “eager” sense of the word)?! We’re all weighed down
by a trifecta of world-wide, local, and personal concerns. Troubling times are not new, but it
seems different lately, doesn’t it?
So, check the alphabetically-listed sheet for Anxiety. Turn to John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,
nor let it be fearful.”
And Philippians 4:6-8, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
[asking earnestly and humbly] with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And
the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension [understanding], shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute [opinion], if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”
I’ll leave you to look up Psalm 46:1-3. Maybe you will recognize verse 1: “God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble.” If it’s not familiar, that’s okay, but try to remember it.
As my dad said about some things, “It’s a goody.”
You may have noticed that the act of locating verses shines light – Sonlight – into your life. This
works during our darkest days. Days when the light seems dim, when peace is distant, and
dissatisfaction lingers. Days when our trials have grown, when we’re confused, anxious,
suffering, or weak. Days when we need courage, comfort, guidance, and protection. Welcome
the light of the Son – Jesus Christ, your Savior – into your life every day. And let this little piece
of paper and a Bible help you do it. Amen.