It’s hardly what I expected. Suddenly a situation that had been fine was now anything but. Stunned and aching, I struggled to breathe, didn’t know what to say, could hardly think straight.
When situations over which we have no control hit us like emotional tsunamis, we can feel overwhelmed, confused, and frightened. But we don’t have to stay that way.
Here are four simple things that helped me hold on to my peace, and they will help you, too.
1. Pray. Our first reaction to any form of distress should always be to pray. Prayer should be instinctive, like gulping air after emerging from under water. If prayer is not instinctive for you, ask God to help you to pray more and pray first. He will. Then cry out to God, knowing He is always listening, and ask Him to intervene, grant wisdom, clarity, direction, strength, and His supernatural peace. Ask Him to make His presence real and bring comfort as only He can.
2. Stay out of your head. After spending a lot of time in prayer, struggling to understand what had happened and trying to figure out what my next step should be, I phoned a friend. (Thank God for good friends!) Her advice, “Stay out of your head”, reverberated in my heart, and I instantly I knew she was right. I needed to refuse to dwell on the situation. Much easier said than done, but entirely possible with the Lord. (“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6)
3. Shift your focus. Every time the raw reality of my tsunami situation slapped me in the face, I refused to entertain dread, worry, fear, or any other negative emotion. I deliberately closed my eyes and chose to focus instead on the Lord. I continually quoted Job 42:2, “I know that you can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.”
4. Worship. I know, I know. Worship is probably the last thing we feel like doing when our world is crashing and our innards are trembling. But the truth is God dwells in the midst of our praises. (see Psalm 22:3) And HE is the One we need! When we praise God in the middle of our circumstances, He is honored, and He will either change our situations or change us. It’s a win-win.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You. (Isaiah 26:3)
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