Peace in Trying Times
I don’t know about you but I have never experienced anything like this COVID-19 pandemic. The closest thing to it that I can think of is the polio epidemic however, it pales in comparison. In the late 1940s polio outbreaks in the U.S. increased in frequency and size, crippling an average of more than 35,000 people each year. There were travel and commerce restrictions and some quarantines. With the introduction of vaccines in 1955 and 1963, the number of cases fell to less than 100 in the 1960s and fewer than 10 in the 1970s. (source: cdc.gov)
That said, I’m using this post to share a devotional I read last week that seems very appropriate for this time and situation. It is taken from DAILYWORD A Unity Publication (dailyword.com). Reference 1 Kings 19:11-12
“The Hebrew scriptures tell the story of the word of the Lord commanding the prophet Elijah to “stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” As he waits, Elijah fails to find God as he endures a wind strong enough to split mountains, an earthquake, and then a fire. Then Elijah discovers God, in a sound of sheer silence.
Sometimes chaos surrounds me as I try to find the peace of God. Other times, the chaos may be inside me I persist in my efforts as I confront inner storms, fires, and earthquakes as I search for peace.
Like Elijah, I remain steadfast in faith, undisturbed by what is happening around me. I wait for distractions to pass. Peace is mine.”
Given the uncertainty we are all experiencing I found these words comforting-telling me to not panic. That God is in control and offers us peace; we just have to listen and accept it.