C. S. Lewis 1942
Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shutdown business, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”
Jesus: ” I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources,”
I saw the above piece on my FaceBook Page. Not knowing much about what C. S. Lewis writings I shared it. A friend messaged me and told me he didn’t write it. Kudos to the person writing this because they hit the nail on the head-so to speak.
Many people feel anxiety, fear and panic. They are in a situation that they do not have control of. Their daily schedule has been shut down and they don’t know what to do with themselves. Many parents are overwhelmed staying home with their children – they don’t know what to do with them outside their preplanned daily schedule of outside activities.
Jesus brings calmness and a new perspective of the changes to make our lives better across the board. Just maybe the majority of folks won’t want to return to the rat race they were participating in. Reflecting on past lifestyles could open up a new revelation of how this down time is for our betterment.
When we get so rattled we blame God for this terrible mess we’re in just remember these two scriptures. They could bring comfort, peace and rest.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (NLT)
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NKJ)
God knew about this before we did because He is all knowing and knows how this will end. His plan for us is good and not evil.
Yesterday my day was very trying for me from morning until evening. I started the morning eating a piece of cake-nothing I should have been eating for breakfast. The cake didn’t make my stomach happy. Along with the cake I ate a piece of candy. Mistake number two. There was no nutrition for my body in anything I ate.
Chaos overtook my desk. It was as if someone would shuffle the papers and put them in disarray throughout the day. I spent more time trying to reorganize than I did accomplishing my goals.
Another concern of mine was my piano lessons I hadn’t prepared for. Was my instructor going to be able to tell I didn’t practice? Just maybe he’d give me a pass.
At the end of my work day I stayed and talked to my friend. When I looked at my watch I realized I wouldn’t be able to go home before lessons. It was a good thing I brought my books with me. By the time I got to my car and on the freeway I had less than twenty minutes to go quite a ways before 4:00.
I made it to piano lessons with a couple minutes to spare. I had true confession with my instructor and admitted I hadn’t practiced and he said it was alright. An amazing thing happened. I played like I knew what I was doing. I was pretty satisfied and so was he. We even played a duet.
On the way home a friend called to check if I had gotten home safely because the weather was somewhat messy. We talked about other things that were concerns on my mind. He offered comfort and encouragement-just what I needed. It took me to a restful, peaceful place that cleared my mind and I could have a good sleep when I went to bed.
The chaos was gone.
Sometimes our days will go down a path we didn’t plan for it to. It’s usually a path that we have to walk through because it is the only way to come out. But in those moments instead of freaking out wringing our hands helplessly take a deep breath and search for the good that is embedded in the bad. As we recognize the good we will receive a fresh wind to continue down the path to the end. Never fear. Our ever present help is here.
I sat there overwhelmed with fear
Badgering and bickering was all I could hear.
Silence pursued me to where
I was overtaken
By the oil of your presence flowing over me
That very oil was setting me free
Being poured as from a pitcher
In a steady stream
Flowing fast and furious
Like it would never end
I found peace in the flow
How, I did not know
Overwhelmed and overtaken
To a place I’ve never known.
ISRAEL NOVEMBER 2017
Today while going through my photo’s I came across some I took on my trip to Israel last November 2017.
This photo doesn’t do this any justice. This tree along with the whole garden was simply beautiful. Along with the beauty of the garden was great weather-no need for winter clothing. September weather in November.
I don’t know where were or the name of the garden. If you ever desired to make a trip to Israel, start saving your coins and set a date. You won’t be disappointed.
I pray for the continual peace of God that met me there and hung out with me the whole time I was there. God bless Israel.
Moving day is fast approaching. Downsizing is hard for me to do. Reducing a house full of furnishings to fit in a two-bedroom apartment is trying to drive me crazy. I like all my belongings but can’t take of them along.
I worked myself up to the point of several panic attacks. Something I’ve never encountered before. I’ve been eating, sleeping and over thinking how to pull this off.
Then there is my guitar lesson. I’ve cancelled them more than I’ve gone in the last month or so. I couldn’t pick my guitar out in a lineup because I haven’t taken it out to practice for a while. There hasn’t been a spare moment.
My instructor phoned me the other day to press me to pick a day to show up because the semester was ending. I sacrificed some packing time to take my last lesson.
As the instructor tended to a few things, I started playing one of my lessons (not very well). In a flash peace like a river washed over me. With no understanding how it happened I was no longer tense. My stomach stopped hurting. All was well with me from the first strum.
I’ve never experienced peace like that from music. I want more of that and not just for me. I want the music I play to embody that peace to rest on everyone who hears it.
May you find the peace you need in the music you listen to.
There is a place that no one can see
A place where there is peace and tranquility
The sun shines bright
No clouds can be found
Love is the light
Chases away the night
This can be found Inside of me