You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV
We’re all on overload. The whole world is in a tizzy. Our minds are bombarded with too much information on a steady basis. Calendars are filled to the brim, and the television captures many precious hours of our day. Organized sports fill our Sundays, leaving no time for families to attend church. How sad God gets left out of the picture.
There’s no way we can keep up with all the world offers without serious consequences. Sooner or later stress will take a toll. There used to be only a few choices of things to buy and places to go. Now malls contain so many stores we don’t know where to shop first. To top it off… new products come out each day. Technology is obsolete the month after it releases. Keeping up with the latest inventions often becomes a financial burden for the average family.
Even our children’s schedules are too heavy for them to carry. In addition to their education and after school activities, kids spend countless hours text messaging their friends and chatting for long periods of time on their cell phones.
I recently saw a program on TV that emphasized that children need to “play.” They need time away from organized activities to relax and enjoy themselves. When I raised my five sons in the 60s, children came home from school, had a snack, and just had fun with their friends. Now they have the pressure to be involved in something every day.
Times have changed, but despite the turmoil, there is one thing that remains constant. Hebrews reminds us, Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. He is our peace in the midst of our busyness.
There is reassurance in knowing Jesus never changes. He is faithful, merciful, truthful, and always available—not bound by time, and able to be everywhere at once. What an awesome God we serve.
Relax. Slow down. Listen for God’s still, small voice.
Fran has had over two-hundred devotions and poems published in numerous devotional booklets and Sunday School papers. Her writing has also been included in over a dozen book compilations. Fran enjoys encouraging writers and has led her writers’ group for the past nineteen years. She creates her own holiday greeting cards, incorporating her poetry. Fran has been married to her husband Jim for fifty-two years. They have five married sons and nine grandchildren.
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