I call out at the top of my lungs, “God! Answer! I’ll do whatever you say.”
I called to you, “Save me so I can carry out all your instructions.”
I was up before sunrise, crying for help, hoping for a word from you.
I stayed awake all night, prayerfully pondering your promise.
In your love, listen to me; in your justice, God, keep me alive.
As those out to get me come closer and closer, they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal; But you’re the closest of all to me, God, and all your judgments true.
I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever. – Psalms 119: 143-153 The Message
We all have different ideas of being under pressure. How we react greatly determines our final outcome, more so than the circumstances themselves. Emotions run high, stress sets in, which leads most of us down the road of guessing games, worrying and the fear of what’s around the next corner. Some immediately panic running to the phone to get a quick download on “what should I do!!!” from people who probably don’t even know what they’re doing let alone giving out advice. Some just shut down entirely, trying desperately to ignore the bullets whizzing by. What should be our immediate response in times of panic??? Well I’m going to provide 2 examples using myself and reactions as examples;
Old me: Do all the above not necessarily in any particular order. Then panic some more, then do a repeat of the above.
New me…or at least the one I’m working on: Run to God not the phone, pray, run to God some more, more praying, cast and release all my cares on the only ONE that can provide relief and finally do what I can while He handles all that I cannot.
Sounds simple enough right???! Yeah well if you’re anything like me it ain’t. Good news though…it DOES get easier. As you routinely react to problems using option #2, not only does it become easier but it becomes your NATURAL reaction to when trouble strikes. You will find a peace and calm in the storms of life that seemed impossible! Even better, you will start to recognize that option #1 has been filed back into the recesses of your mind under lock and key (with minimal prisoner escape).
The part I try to remain cognizant of is the fact that without my daily contact to the one and only correct source for all things, I will find my prison in disrepair, leading to more frequent escapees.
I found my prison in just such a state recently. Realization of the rather bleak and rundown conditions, led to an immediate call for the repair crew! Repairs can take many forms including prayer, fasting, and more prayer as well as taking appropriate steps in keeping our environment’s free from chaos. Chaos will always try to find its way in… but that in no way means that we should send it an invitation or even open the door to say hello. Even if you can’t do all the above I’ve found that some is far better than none. Our Lord is not the Lord of confusion and chaos or broken down walls. There are many causes for our prison walls to start to crumble. Between outsiders chiseling away, to our own lack of focus on what is important can all be major players in the world of broken down prison walls.
Life and the many tornados that seem to strike will always be a source of frustration and desperation. My goal is to allow God to do a work in me to shut up tight, under lock and key all that would distract and focus on His Mission, Light and Hope for all.
Be Forever Blessed!