In a global season of loss, fear, and uncertainty with COVID-19, God is inviting us into a deeper trust in him. Use this season of social distancing and quarantines as an opportunity to draw closer to the heart of God. You are not forgotten. You are not abandoned. God is ever-present, even in the midst of all your struggles and doubts. May you experience his peace as you seek him today.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Give Me Your Peace | Gateway Worship
We all long to experience peace, yet finding peace can be somewhat of a mystery. Peace may be best described by what it’s not more than what it is.
Peace is the absence of fear.
Peace is the absence of anxiety.
Peace is the absence of worry.
Peace is the absence of “what-if.”
Peace is the absence of “if only.”
Peace is not something we produce, but instead is something we create space to receive from the Author of Peace. Hear and receive these words from Phillipians 6:6-7:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
In a world overshadowed by COVID-19, creating space for peace does not come easily. Everywhere we look we are presented with reasons to be fearful, and reasons to question whether or not things will be okay. Yet in the midst of the chaos and the noise, there is an invitation to experience the peace of God that “surpasses all understanding.” You can accept God’s invitation into peace today through “prayer, and supplication with thanksgiving.”
Prayer at times may sound daunting or mysterious, but is simply a conversation with God from a place of self-awareness. He wants to talk to you. He wants to know how you feel. But in order for that conversation to happen, you need to know how you feel. You need to see and validate the reality of stress, fear, and anxiety.
The pathway to experiencing peace begins with a conversation with a loving God that cares for you. You can talk to God today like you would with a parent or a close friend.