Funny how we're just starting a Bible Study on stress, & while in the middle of reading a part in Chapter 2, is when I hear all of the news of the Boston Marathon bombing...
& sit & watch out world fall apart...
& worry about what's next...
Nah... no reason to stress - right?
I think everyone is on edge now. Wondering who these people are that caused this horror. Wondering what else is going to happen.
After all, we also have this new threat of poison going through the mail.
& threats of a crazy man over seas with nuclear weapons threatening war
& scary threats of tornadoes around the country
& on & on & on....
Really? ... what is wrong with people... what is wrong with the world?
But let me get back in my zen mode of 'stressed-less living"
Not so easy...
Our verse though this week has been the focus -
"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
& he saved them from their distress"
While reading that verse daily & just sitting in it for a bit, I kept turning to the part "he saved them from their distress"
So what does distress mean?
I love that the first definition I found says "Mental suffering"
Yazzzaaa!! Proof I'm going crazy! :)
But it also means - grief, anxiety, unhappiness, sorrow
What I noticed is that it doesn't say "he saved them from all the troubles in the world"
.... its more of a peace thing, isn't it?
When we cry out to Him, he answers with more of a "OK there... calm down... its going to be OK"
Ever been sick & feeling miserable? But have someone come over & make you soup & get you medicine & help you clean the house that you know is going to chaos while you're in bed. That's easing the distress. It's not taking away the sickness... but it's giving you a 'calm' while you're down & out.
Ever sat in a doctor's office waiting for results of a test? But have someone who cares next to you & they are holding your hand, talking to you, trying to make you laugh. It doesn't take the results of the tests away, but there's comfort in a presence of someone who cares being with you.
I think God is telling us when we cry out to Him, especially in our troubles... & goodness knows there's many... it doesn't mean that POOF - things are better. But I do think it means that he saves us in our grief, our anxiety, our unhappiness.... he gives us that peace.
& peace & calmness can mean a little less stress...
I don't know about you, but in this cray-cray world we live in today... I need that sort of saving from distress...
Yep... its true... God keeps me from going crazy :)
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.
BUT TAKE HEART!
I have overcome the world!"