As I recall some memorable events of the past year, I remember watching large storm clouds one summer evening as they moved into our area from the southwest. Dark and ominous, they totally captured my attention and caused me to be uneasy about their possible damaging effect. Thankfully, the clouds moved around us without much action. I also find myself getting caught up in the storm clouds of life, many of which cause stress, anxiety, pessimism and uneasiness. We frequently pay more attention to the constant barrage of bad news gleefully delivered by the media than we do the Good News of Jesus.
Despite all the world’s bad news, God remains in control. In John 14, Jesus reminded his followers, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
When we clearly focus on God, his powerful presence and word calm our fears. But continuing to feed our minds with the “pessimism du jour” makes it hard to rise above the clouds. However, when we spend time in God’s quiet presence, we’re better able to navigate through life with less stress, better attitudes and clearer vision. I don’t know what “clouds” are capturing your attention right now, but I’m sure God can break through all of them and show you a sunny day. That would be a good start to the new year.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5: 6 & 7