Finding Peace Amid the Chaos
It has been a year since this pandemic drastically changed the way we live. While a lot of us have adjusted to the new normal, and hope is dawning with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, a lot of us remain uncertain on what tomorrow will bring.
The news of rising cases every day brings anxiety to some, and the fear of the unknown might be taking away our peace.
What then, can we do to overcome our worries, and not falter even in this seemingly unending chaos?
In the Book of Psalms, we can learn from what King David did when he was being chased by his enemies and he has nowhere to go.
1. Be honest with God.
Not knowing which way to go, King David took a refuge inside a cave, he turned to God and expressed what he exactly feels. In Psalms 57:1 he prayed:
1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
Whatever it is that you’re feeling right now, cry it out to the Lord because He knows exactly how you feel. Pray and tell him your biggest fears. He will listen.
2. Adjust your perspectives.
In the succeeding verses, King David acknowledged who God is in his life:
2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who vindicates me.
3 He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.
God will never leave us nor forsake us. Align your thoughts to what the Lord has promised. Are you sick? He is our Healer. Are you tired? He will give us rest. His promises are true.
3. Move forward.
Do whatever you can do to help you get back on your feet. To King David, He sang songs and played instruments.
7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
8 Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
What small steps can you do daily to help you make the most of your days? What is it that will help you bounce back? For some, it helps to keep a journal, or start a new hobby. For others, it can be decluttering and letting go of unnecessary things.
4. Give thanks.
9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.
Remember all the things He has done for you for the past year. He provided for all your needs. He kept you and your family safe. He has drawn you closer to Him. When you count all the blessings He has showered you with, you will realize that His grace is sufficient. In Him, we will lack nothing.
Like King David, we will come out of our caves victoriously.
When our paths seem unclear, and our future remains uncertain, let us choose to put our trust in Him, the One who never fails and never changes. The One who will never leave us in this stormy journey until we arrive safely to where He wants us to be.