This week started off with a terrifying high rollercoaster drop. From an imaginary 170ft, I felt like that smooth curved transition in the rollercoaster track wasn’t coming and continuous falling was all there was. Not only was I feeling terrified, I was also feeling trapped and alone. Locked into a situation and couldn’t find a way out, locked into a fearful and anxious state of mind that left me with sleepless nights. Have you felt like this at any point in your life? If you have, then you know exactly where I was and how much I wanted to find peace.
As the scripture says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Here Jesus is inviting us to talk with him, to pray, in our rollercoaster and trapped states and He will give us peace. It is so easy to get locked into these negative spaces but the alternative is to find someone stronger than you to talk with. For Christians it’s Jesus, it could be another God for others and still yet it could be a friend (social support). Step 1 to finding peace – seek out another stronger than you and talk, pray, unload to them in acknowledgment that you cannot do it by yourself.
After praying wait for Jesus, your God, or friend to give humble and gentle guidance. Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” It can be difficult to wait and listen or to even hear what they have to say. In the trials, temptions, persecutions and testing (our yokes) this world brings remember that Jesus paid it all and wants to grow in relationship with us. This relationship then needs to be rooted in humble honesty and positive criticism. Just as going to a true best friend with an issue expecting a real genuine answer. Step 2 to finding peace is to be accepting of the hard answer we receive from Jesus,God and close friends when we pray or talk to them.
Finally Step #3
A lot of times we blame ourselves and we blame others for the situation we find ourselves in. Other times our situation is rooted in discrimination and prejudice. Also we are forced into situations outside of our control. In Luke 7:36-50, we find the story of a woman with a history of circumstancial sin being discriminated against for her bold worship of Jesus the one who freed her from her death drop and fearful anxiety. Have you ever been in her place? The response Jesus gave to the men left me awestruck and thoughtful. Luke 7:47-48, “I tell you, her sins and they are many, have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” Not only did the woman worship Jesus in thanksgiving but she did so shamelessly and with forgiveness to those who were prejudice against her. In this Jesus was able to freely forgive her. I don’t know about your situation but what I do know is the ultimate way to finding peace is to forgive. Step 3 to finding peace, forgive yourself, forgive them and yes when you find ultimate peace have an attitude of worship and praise.
As you begin the new week and even life after this remember these three steps to tackling your struggles as a way to finding peace.
1. Seek out another stronger than you and talk.
2. Be accepting of the hard answers we receive.
3. Forgive, accept forgiveness and worship.
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