This week it seemed everywhere I turned were very heavy hearts, people discouraged by their circumstances, hopeless. It was very sad. And I made the mistake, once, of suggesting a solution. It didn’t go well. That usually doesn’t work, unless you are telling people something they already know.
Today, I spoke with someone whose fear was out of control, running her life. There doesn’t seem to be any answers. And yet the thing most needed before any answer is calm. Anxiety and fear are all around us. They are becoming a way of life, ruining lives.
So once again I have decided I can’t out-smart God. If He said there is only one thing that is necessary, why should I talk about anything else as a starting point? Making time for God in your life is the one thing that matters–that’s what Jesus said, and he should know. (Luke 10:42)
He undoubtedly had the hardest life anyone has been asked to live, continually stalked by God’s enemies, and ending with torture and the worst death. He got through his life by spending time in God’s presence. Much of it was even happy. And he got through the worst in the strength he had gained in time with God. (Remember, he had to go through it completely as a human.)
You can take hold of your inner space by asking God for peace, for faith, for His perspective, his answers. And then listen. Write down what comes to you in a journal or notebook. Living in tune with God is the only way to peace.
The main thing is to get a new perspective–God’s viewpoint will always be better than yours. When you stop and focus on the hugeness of the universe and how big God is and yet how close and personal and tender, it has a calming and lifting effect. I’ve experienced it many times. Spirit only needs our permission, our focus, to smooth things out inside.
One of my favorite authors says, “Get into the habit of saying ‘Speak Lord,’ and life will become a romance…make time to listen… As we listen, our ear gets acute, and, like Jesus, we shall hear God all the time.” You can have that!