True Peace Instead of a Bucketful of Tranquilizers
There was no doubt in my in what the topic of my article would be this month. The chain of events just naturally steered me in this one direction as people seemingly unraveled all around me.
On Saturday my husband’s elderly mother telephoned in a state of panic because ‘Things were falling out of the sky". Turning on the television we were saddened to learn of the terrible misfortune of the space shuttle Columbia. Yesterday, a friend who is a caregiver, asked me to pray for his Alzheimer’s patient because the man became exceptionally confused and irritated to the point of aggression. My friend determined the source of this man’s anxiety was the NEWS channel. Today a tourist vacationing here in Venice commented that they couldn’t wait to get home so that they could feel safer.
Just moments ago, as I sat to convey all this on paper, the government received multiple and specific intelligence disclosing credible threats of terrorism. The President raised the Terror Threat Level from yellow to orange indicting a higher risk of a terrorist attack. They asked the nation to increase awareness and to be on alert to any suspicious behavior. Americans overseas were cautioned to be especially vigilant.
I’m certain this has greatly increased people’s stress factor which has been compounded by the pending war with Iraq and talk about chemical and biological weapons. Coupled with this is a world already spinning from the conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians. Adding to these momentous problems are threats from North Korea and financial markets that are jittery and uncertain.
Even though events will only escalate as the future unfolds, and the bible predicts that they will, we can retain perfect peace in the midst of these impossible circumstances.
This story of a little girl, with a problem far beyond her capability to resolve, is a perfect illustration of how to do just that. She was bothering her father who was engrossed in a magazine so her pulled out a page on which was printed a map of the world and tore it into small pieces. He told her to go into the other room and try to put it together believing she’d be gone for a very long time. His plan backfired when she returned moments later with the entire map correctly taped together. The father was surprised and asked how she had managed to do that.
"Oh" she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then the world came together."
We can learn a great lesson from this youngster. Her eyes were fixed on the face of Jesus which resulted in the fractured pieces falling into place. Whether given insurmountable tasks or placed in perilous situations as our nation’s sons and daughters might be due to the possibility of them going to war, our eyes also need to be affixed on Jesus, the Prince of Peace because He is the only one who can put our world back together again. He clearly assures us with His words, "Peace I leave with you my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth (not fragile, uncertain and fleeting). Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
One time my circumstances had built to the boiling point and I thought my cork was going to blow. I was racing back and forth going nowhere and totally exasperated. I didn’t know how I could get my hands of a bucketful of tranquilizers. I do know instead that it was most assuredly God that lead me to go and sit quietly by the water and recite Isaiah 26: 3 & 4 again and again. Slowly waves of peace washed over me and encompassed me in a glorious calmness. My circumstances didn’t change but my disposition most supernaturally did.
That day was a pivotal turning point in my life as I discovered that only God can quiet our fears and eliminate our anxiety as we align to His word and focus on Him. Instead of going to pieces we can walk and live in that perfect peace and we can decree peace into every situation. We can dispense peace to all those around us, specially those who have not yet discovered the ‘source’ of this true peace.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com