On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
There is always a calm before the storm; and even during the storm you should find comfort in knowing that God and Jesus are there with you. There may be days when you feel so overwhelmed that it’s difficult to breathe, to function, to think—those are the moments that you need to pray for peace in your heart, mind, spirit, and soul—peace in your home and work place—peace in your personal life and in your career.
When you’re going through a rough time, keep going and just pray a little more intently. Don’t stop. Don’t turn around. Don’t turn into another direction. Follow the map. Follow God’s lead. He can only be leading you to that which you desire and need most. The path is easier the more that you give in to the process, trust without question, stay focused on your tasks and responsibilities, and express gratitude for each moment of every day. When instead, you take hesistant steps forward, out of fear and doubt, the journey is painful.
I’m also learning this painful lesson. When I give in to God’s process, a weight is lifted off of me. When I allow fear to consume me, there is a burden that weighs me down spiritually, mentally, and physically. I have no peace or joy when fear is present. Fear is a thief. I want to take back what it took and keeps taking from me.
What do you want? How do you want to live your life?
I pray for your internal peace and that your obedience brings you an abundance of blessings, on top of your daily blessings. May God bless you in ways that you never imagined, and may He keep You encircled in His grace.
Father, I know that You are here with me—helping, watching, waiting, and directing. I may not see the solution to my problems right at this very moment, but I trust that my eyes and mind will connect and see clearly the blessings that You have waiting for me. Father, fill me with the peace that Your son Jesus lived, and shared with others. Show me the way Father. Fill me with joyful patience, along the way. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.