Hello everyone! I hope your day is off to a good start! You know…some days can really seem overwhelming and busy…can’t they? I don’t know about you but sometimes, I feel like I just get up and then go to bed, while I forget about everything I’ve done in between. In fact…due to my busy schedule, I have been trying to teach myself how to relax more and not allow these busy moments to overtake me.
One thing my brother recently introduced me to, is this adult coloring. They say it’s supposed to relax a person after a busy day; so I guess my brother thought I needed to relax…so he put together a couple books and some colored pencils, with lots of pencil sharpeners and erasers. I still haven’t figured out, why he felt I needed so many of those but anyways…here he took the time to do this for me and it was only a few days ago; that I even took the time to look over on my desk and see them sitting there.
After a small bout of high blood pressure, I thought that I would see if this craft of coloring would really work at relaxing me; so here I sat on my daybed, in my office, at 10:30 at night…coloring up a storm. I have to say that I did a pretty good job and when I quit, I felt as though I was truly beginning to relax.
You know…how many times, do we suffer needlessly in life, when all we need to do is turn to God and His word, as a source of comfort and peace? Seems like we get so busy in this life, with all that needs to be done; that we put ourselves through countless moments of needless suffering. If we could just take the time, to leave these overwhelming moments behind and settle back with God’s holy word; I think that we would see these situations we go through, in a much different light.
I have come to see that God didn’t put us down here, to allow our lives to be out of control but rather, to enjoy life…no matter if we’re busy or not and one thing that God has taught me over the years; is to truly connect with His peace. You know…it’s so easy to pray for peace but what about pursuing God’s peace? Seems like we pray for peace and then we sit back and expect God to drop it on our heads; but I have found that when I go after God’s peace, rather than the problem I’m facing at the time; then I truly find that perfect peace; that can only come from God.
I remember a time, when I was going to group counseling, for a past sexual abuse and for those who have been through these tough moments of abuse; this is not an easy task to get over. Anyways…there were times, when I felt as though I wasn’t going to make it; so one day, I decided to memorize a Bible verse that pertained to what I was experiencing at the time and then I would take that verse with me to my counseling session. When I began to feel overwhelmed, by what I was dealing with at the time; then I had that verse to hold tightly to and through this experience; God’s peace began to enter those long and drawn out moments of deep pain and heartache.
Sometimes, I wonder why we as humans choose to go through needless moments of suffering, rather than taking hold of God and all that He can offer us. Don’t we realize that God can become our peace, to comfort us and sustain us through the hard times? Don’t we see that His love and great power can hold us close to Him…in a way that can help us to walk away from these difficult moments? I think that if we could only see what God has already placed before us and truly reach out to Him, during these difficult times; then I think that our lives would truly represent what His Son died for.
Have a great day and may you truly experience God’s perfect and loving peace!
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