Finding Peace in the Midst of the Chaos

Today as I woke up I really wanted to find some rest and some peace. For the last month or so I have been searching for the school that was God’s plan for me, and its been very stressful. and very difficult. After school was over for the semester I was looking forward to some rest but that has not been the case at all. So after my quiet time today I decided I would go somewhere and do some worship before work, to calm my spirit, but as I was getting in my car to drive away, my ipod froze. I was so angry that my stupid ipod just froze, and I stormed back in the house. As I sat there fuming, my mom pointed out that maybe I should go pray, and that maybe God wanted to tell me something.

So I went to my room and sat on the floor and started praying, explaining to the Lord how tired and frustrated I was. Then I asked Him to quiet my mind, as my mind was going a million miles an hour, still stressed, and then finally my mind was quieted. And in the silence, I finally received the word I needed. I received the words, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all else will be added unto you.” And in that moment I knew, just like every other decision, that I would not figure this out myself, but that God would show me the answer.

And so I came out of my room, encouraged, but also wondering where these words came from. So I went to my mom and told her what the Lord had showed me, and she looked it up in the concordance. It was from Matthew chapter 6. The verses around that particular verse were even more encouraging, and specific to the things I had been dealing with.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34)



These verses encourage believers to not worry because God will take care of us. God takes care of the birds and the plants, so how much more will he take care of our every need, that we are much more valuable than the birds and the flowers. God knows exactly what we need in the time we need them in.

And as I read this and took this in throughout the day, in the hustle and bustle of guests that came through my line, I finally found peace and rest for the first time in a long time. I knew that the Lord was in control and that there was no need to worry. It changed my day, and possibly even my life. Worrying would no longer rule my days, stress would no longer steal my sleep, and frustrations would no longer rule my mind. Today I knew I was more valued than the sparrows, and that God would take care of my every need.

Have a blessed night ya’ll,
Joseph

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