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Maintaining your peace, when you are hard pressed on all sides.

Introduction

Life is a challenge and there is no sugarcoating it. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us a front-row seat to struggles and it has made life even more challenging for several persons.

Takers of peace

Our faith has been tested because we have lost jobs, and family members to crime, violence, accidents, and also COVID-19. Our mental health is challenged by being confined to our homes, learning to work from home and meet targets while teaching our children the school curriculum. We were also forced to face ourselves, after years of evasion. We were distracting ourselves by rushing here, there, and everywhere, with family, traffic, and work.

Some persons that work on the frontline like health care workers, safety officers, supermarket workers, gas pump attendants, and several self-employed persons had no choice but to face the pandemic every day. It is easy to get overwhelmed, lose hope and focus when the bills are piling up when you are sick, and pray for your healing but it never comes or is delayed.

Remaining faithful takes deep faith, prayer, fasting, and waiting for God to answer. Again, it’s not going to be easy but we must remember the words written in Isaiah 55: 8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.(KJV).

Opportunities to maintain peace

I have found that most of my challenges were opportunities provided by the Heavenly Father for me to get the answers to my prayers. When I was younger I struggled with impatience. I prayed and asked the Lord to give me an outlet to be calmer, peaceful, and patient. What did God do?

He gave me children and my daughter in particular loved the outdoors. When she was 2 years old or thereabout, every time she stepped outside she would put her hand in the dirt. I, therefore, had to devise a plan to prevent that from happening while not denying her access to the great outdoors. The Holy Spirit gave me the thought to plant grass, so I planted grass. I had to water it, I had to take out the bad weeds and over time I started planting more things. Before long I had a lush lawn, fruit trees, and a wonderful flower garden.

Guess what happened in the end? I spent so much time gardening that I did not even remember what impatience was and I was growing in peace. Since we are mere humans in a carnal body, with carnal thoughts, there will be occasional flare-ups of anger, restlessness, and impatience. Therefore, we must stay in the presence of the Almighty to maintain the peace that Jesus spoke of in John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (NIV)

Remember the Word

Peace is a choice when it gets crazy in your head, heart, and mind. Remember what Jesus said in John and also Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (NIV) and keep your peace. Be alert to see when God is answering your prayers. The answers will not be on a silver platter at all times.

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