In my quiet time this morning, I was praising the beauty of the peaceful waters, grass starting to green, and leaves beginning to show on barren trees. We have seen clouds for days and it was nice to see the sun and nature beginning to spring.
My prayers then turned to concerns, frustrations, and anger of how people were responding to a worldwide pandemic. I knew God could take it and expects me to give him my problems. I asked him to turn my negative emotions into love, hope and peace.
I do this a lot!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could make that request once and forever be at peace? God knows we are human and our feelings of insecurity run amuck in our minds. Negative thoughts ruminate as we believe what we hear and see in the world. Or, what we remember from our own experiences and what we were told as children. That is how hope diminishes and fear takes hold.
I replaced my lying fear with the understanding Jesus is in it – all of it! He knows what is happening, why, and what will happen afterwards. He is in the hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, hearts of parents and children at home protecting themselves and others, with our religious leaders providing messages in a different way, and our nation’s leaders making important decisions. He is always there.
As I was finishing my prayers, looking down as I was writing in my journal, I suddenly saw the most beautiful shower of white tree petals raining down outside my window. It was a blanket of sun-shimmered petals with an appearance of snow. I looked around to see if they were everywhere, but only saw them in front of me. I smiled with a wonderful feeling of peace as I acknowledged my God is with me. Yesterday, today, and always. I have nothing to fear.