By Mary Stout
When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety.
If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, without pain.
From this, I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me.
There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.” Rumi
Amidst the political drama, disasters, the opioid crisis, the high rate of suicide in our young people, it’s difficult to find gems of God in our broken world.
For a time we get busy, we run our race with fervor, leaving others in the proverbial dust as we go. We leave relationships with others who don’t fit our own idea of what should be. If someone or something doesn’t line up with our goals we toss them away like rag dolls. Anxiety and stress rule our lives.
Let’s get real: all of us have allowed our circumstances to get in the way of our receptive ability to hear God.
No wonder we need a Savior to save us from our sin and show us how to live in the light. Even so, take heart and know that in the midst of life’s storms, God’s promises are steadfast.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39, NLT)
Each of us are called into the family of God. He knows you’ll mess up and feel bad. He understands your heart is His when you can’t feel Him or see it. What we know is, we can depend on trusting His promises through it all. There is nothing we can do to change His steadfast commitment to us. Trust in His care.
Prayer: Father when the storms in life arrive, help us draw near to you and trust in your love and grace which never fails us. Strengthen our core with your promises and care that we may know your peace in the midst of our lives. May we give thanks for your everlasting and steadfast love. In Jesus name Amen