We all have trying days. Days when it feels we might break under pressure or sorrow.
Mine was when I woke up and didn’t feel well. I felt as if a spring cold was building in my body, brought on by merciless allergies. It was also going to be a day of mourning. I had to speak at the funeral of a dear lady from our church. The day was heavy.
Evening provided no relief. I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders but then came home to disheartening personal news. I was overwhelmed . . . angry. I needed to vent. For an hour, my wife listened to me complain.
When the lull in my complaining finally came, I sat in my easy chair. During a moment of silence, there was a soothing noise outside the window, a hoot owl. Since childhood, owls hooting have calmed my nerves. Somewhat ironic since many cultures view the owl as a bad omen. But I have always loved them.
My complaining was over. I felt peace I couldn't explain. I suppose the owl could have borne a message from God. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Either way, the peace I felt was from God.
If we open ourselves up to God's peace, it will miraculously ease our anxieties. We may not understand it, but we feel it.
Let God’s peace soothe your anxieties.
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Jason Harrison is pastor of New Life Church in Carbondale, Illinois. He is happily married to his lovely bride Jessica. They have a beautiful, bright daughter named Makayla. Jason has earned his B.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University and his M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. You can find his podcast, "Let Your Light So Shine," at https://jbharrison62966.podbean.com/.