This last week has been full of trials with family, friends, and work. From cars, to toes, to sheets, to major illnesses, concerns with staff, and co workers. How do you continue to smile and have peace in times of trouble or turmoil?
When things are falling apart around you, how do you stand tall, handle your issues, keep on smiling, giving others support and comfort? Letting them cry on your shoulder, de-esculate fueds, and take care of problems at home and far away that land in your lap.
How! How! How!
This started Tuesday heading to the beach to do sprints and my prayer I could not form. I was frazzled, lost for words, wanting to scream. Not even sure what or how to pray. I turned on the radio and He was there giving me the words. Thy Will Be Done. I know you hear me, I know you have good plans, so thy will be done.
During the sprints my podcast was over the same thing. Thy will be done. Joy is with everyone, we choose how we react in times of turmoil. When you are in the lows of turmoil, as in the valleys of life and you react, “Oh poor me!” Complain, complain, negative and nothing makes you happy, burst of angers, because you messed up or things are not going as you have them planned. Then flip, you are on top of the mountain of life, the highs. You find yourself happy, rejoicing, on top of the world because everything is hunky doree! You have your health, wealth, family, business, you name it, it is going like you have planned.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. James 1:2. Also, remember not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonions 5:18.
Then this same day during my weekly group bible study the topic came up of praising God during all times. Praise him in good, bad, negative, positve; praise him. So this day that started out with frazzled thinking turned out to be what I needed. Everywhere I turned God was giving me the answers with the people he placed in my life on the beach, the songs on the radio, and my friends from my small group. All of these events showed me what I do know and believe, but finding joy and peace in times of tribulations, soley depends on my faith and how I choose to respond.
This is the deciding point of how do you handle the turmoil. You begin with praising and giving thanks. You have to learn to let go off depending on yourself to figure everything out. Proverbs 3:5- Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.… Letting go and not being in control is the part that is difficult for me. Take that breath and be still. Learning to meditate, reflect, study and learn the word is bringing my waiting skills into a “better mindset”.
God’s directions for us daily should be to seek him first, because you know life is going to come at you. As in Ephesians 6:13-18 this is how you should prepare daily to fight the good fight in a positive mindset. ” Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The word of God is your sword, your peace, your rest, your joy. Knowing God is in control, not you. Knowing God will make your path straight and provide a way out of the tempatiaon and turmoil if you seek him first, acknowledge him and lean on him. Knowing you are waiting in his arms for His perfect timing to calm the storms of your life. Giving him praise and thankgiving, even during hardships.
He gives me hope for the future. He is the reason I still smile and have a song in my heart. Joy is not the absence of suffering, but the presence of God in your life.