June 17, 2020
“You believe at last!” Jesus answered. “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33
Jesus understood the disciples’ need for peace and He understands our needs now. In just a few short weeks things have changed dramatically in the world. The way we have always done things—going to the doctor, school, grocery stores, etc. has changed. Yet, one thing has and always will remain constant and that is the peace of our Heavenly Father.
We have been lulled like babies into comfortable patterns and ways of going about our daily lives. We are peaceful if not numbed by our routines and the volume of tasks that we can accomplish in a set amount of time. When asked to consciously think about our footsteps and set out in the world only for essential things and to define what those things are—do we grumble, do we seek His guidance and discernment, do we find peace in this time, do we struggle with not getting to do what we want, do we question others’ choices, do we blame viewpoints on media, science, or politics? We have all been faced with choices and challenges. We each have the opportunity to choose how we respond to this situation.
As the pandemic lingers, new patterns are likely to change into yet different patterns that may not look like the ones we once knew. Use this time to ask God what He would have you do. Rest assured that He is there at all times and He will never leave you alone. I pray that this reminder brings you His peace today.