Perfect Peace

You keep everyone in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You,

because they place their trust in You.

Isaiah 26:3

Perfect peace during a pandemic? Is this even possible? This verse (not the reality of my current experience) leads me to believe that it is possible. Which begs the question – how?

I don’t know about you but I have had to turn off the news, stay away from Facebook and disengage from conversations around the hot topics. I don’t have answers and neither do the news reporters, the politicians and people who want to spend countless hours speculating about outcomes. All these have only added to my stress.

So, I am purposing to fix my eyes and ears elsewhere. I certainly haven’t perfected this purposing and I can get so caught up in the things I have to do that stopping and focusing on Jesus sometimes takes second or third place. When I make this mistake, I feel my anxiety level rise.

This pandemic didn’t take Him by surprise, He isn’t speculating on how it will play out, nor is He turning His gaze from us, even if we turn ours from Him.

He is author and perfector of our faith.

He is the solid rock on which we stand.

He is the Good Shepherd.

He is the Prince of Peace.

He is our Redeemer, our Deliverer.

He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

He is the one who leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

He is the one who restores our soul, who leads us through the valley of the shadow of death.

He is our ever present help in time of need.

He is so much more and so much bigger than any pandemic. He is watching over me and watching over you and worthy of our attention and trust. As we change our focus from the problems facing us and place our focus on the Savior that loves us, we are in a position to embrace the peace He offers.

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to lead us into the peace and love and grace and mercy that You have purposed for us from before the beginning of time. Thank You for proving Yourself to be trustworthy, faithful and full of compassion. When I am pulled away by the stresses of life would you gently (or loudly) draw me back to my place of peace? In Jesus’s name, amen.

I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if I can be praying for you as well.

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