Updated: 3 days ago
All the world has come to a screeching pandemic halt once again. Another call for mandated social masked distancing, restrictive travel, and livelihood. Another forced rest is upon us. Selah.
If you are like me, you have grown to recognize the unsettledness of a troubled heart these days. It often awakens you each morning with a foreboding presence of hopelessness and despair. Granted, one can throw off the covers of despair and despondency, but it requires discipline. Just as making one's bed each morning and putting your dirty clothes in the hamper takes intention, focus, and discipline.
A troubled heart is a spiritual matter friend, not a mental or physical matter. The good news is that we get to decide how long and how deep our hearts remain troubled. No one, not even the rants of the opposing political or social media platform can determine the state of your heart.
This is a simple truth, the ball is in your court and no one gets to make your play or bench you, except you. My hope is that you will realize that you are strong enough, smart enough, and loved enough to belong to a kingdom of One who settled our troubled heart issue long ago. His name is Jesus, the Anointed One, the Messiah that did come just as was promised from long ago. In fact, he said to his closest followers, known as his disciples one day near his time of suffering,
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me." (John 14:1 NLT)
Oppressive times are not reserved for 21st-century inhabitants. Perplexing and uncomfortable times of life actually have affected every generation since the beginning of humanity. The question is what do you do in your time of trouble or distress? Do you go it alone? Do you wring your hands and fixate on the latest news or opinion edition? Do you whimper negative thoughts that you have been ruminating on all day? Or, do you remember that you belong to someone greater, more compassionate, wiser, and all-knowing of your current situation?
This is a good season to take advantage of forced rest. It is a perfect time to lay low and still your mind by getting still enough to listen in the emptiness of the quiet. You will then know once again that the great I Am is still the one true Living God and He hasn't forgotten you.
My prayer for you this week is that you will look up, look within, and look out to the One that is faithful. He is our soon and coming King! He won't delay, He won't get highjacked along the way by a virus or some other enemy of our heart. Emanuel...God with us, always!
"When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” (John 14:3-4 NLT)
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