At the risk of making people I think I am older than I look, 🙂 , I was thinking about the different crises I may have lived through in the USA. My earliest memories as far as being aware of life around me were the Watergate Scandal and the Vietnam War. Then came gas lines and a terrible economy. That was all in the 1970s. Each decade of my life there has been some form of turmoil.
Since 1993, I have lived with chronic illness and have experienced what it is like to go through the maze of trying to get a diagnosis only to end up with being diagnosed with five issues, asthma, hypothyroid, Celiacs, Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis.
Since I rededicated my life to Jesus in July 1989, there have been many valleys, struggles, hardships, while not only trying to live for Jesus but also seeking what he was calling me to in life.
Considering the constant pressure of life whether what is happening in society, happening with my health, and happening with struggles in my own life, one might conclude I do not have peace of mind or if I say I do, some might think I am in denial.
It all comes down to not what I am looking to for help but who. The who is Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The peace the world looks at is temporary, external, and focused on circumstances, The peace Jesus gives is internal, eternal, and based on knowing him.
I love the way Psalm 121 says it:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Through everything I have been through, Jesus has brought me through. He has given me peace in my spirit and has helped me step by step.
I love this song by Alisa Turner- I Will Lift My Eyes.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.