“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” ~ Mark 4:39 (KJV)
Those words came to mind when one member of our congregation got up after Sunday service and spoke about the many circumstances we are encountering every day with extreme situations such as political unrests, wars, tornadoes, earthquakes, oil spills, family quarrels, etc. She said: don’t shake even if the whole world is shaking. She stressed that this is the time to realign ourselves with God and become calm inside. Rather than be stressed out or get upset, be still and connect with your God.
I am very grateful for this reminder. When we face all the above situations from a human standpoint they are very unsettling. I am grateful that I know that there is a God who has solutions for all of our troubles in life. I can be the one who can stay calm and bring myself in alignment. It may not solve the world situation but I can still influence those around me and give comfort and reassurance.
These are turbulent times, and not everybody will recognize them as the Last Days. If you are not familiar with that term, it refers to the time of ending of the evil sovereignty and the beginning of the new sovereignty with the return of the Messiah. It is the time of great hope because it signals the beginning of the age of goodness.
There have been several last days throughout history. At the time of Noah, God send the flood to end the evil world. At the time of Jesus was another Last Days. Unfortunately, Jesus was killed and the age of goodness could not start at that time.
Many historians point to the years 2012/13 for the greatest changes to take place. The birth pangs of the New World have already started. Volcanoes erupting, earthquakes in many corners of the earth; lots political unrests, and especially our social breakdowns, are many signs and certainly, problems we have to find solutions for. This is definitely a good time to go inside and be calm.
How to stay calm:
Pray for more faith, deeper relationship with God and better relationship with others. Pray to understand more clearly about the times we are living in, and what our responsibility is at this time.
Contemplate on beautiful scenes in nature. Listen to calming music; breathe in the rich aroma of a summer day with fragrances of flowers, cut grass, and BBQ’s.
--> Read scriptures
Read the psalms or any other passage in scripture to nurture your spirit.
--> Surround yourself with positive people.
Associate with friends and family who are encouraging and faithful. Avoid the complainers and naysayers. Volunteer and help others, more unfortunate than yourself. That gives a whole new perspective on life.
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