• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Chaos To Calm

I think we have all had days that life feels overwhelming. You have too much to do and not enough time. You have deadlines, overwhelming requirements, people that you will disappoint if you do not get something done, and the list goes on. You may be facing circumstances that are out of your control. You may feel pressure to do something for someone else. You may be drowning in work or homework. At times you feel paralyzed with confusion about what to do. Anxiety is ruling your life. Negativity and hopelessness creeps in. But the good news is that God can replace that chaos with comfort for His children.

If you are like me you know what to do but first you wallow in your misery. Remember Proverbs 12: 25, "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up." We must go to God's Word in confidence to be comforted. No matter what we are going through right now, there will be a verse that will speak to our needs. Even if that verse never spoke to you before - that is why it is called the Living Word.

Psalm 1:2 instructs us to meditate on God’s Word day and night. Even if we do not have any extra time, just a tiny bit of God’s Word can give us the courage we need to walk in grace and love. Psalm 1: 2, "...but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night." Memorize a short scripture like Psalm 46: 10, "be still and know that I am God..." When anxiety is rearing its ugly head recite that verse and watch your spirit change. It will give you hope.

If we start our day in the Word it will make for a better day. Isaiah 26: 3-4, "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal." We will realize more and more that we are trusting God with our life. Even when we don't think things are going well.

David strengthened himself in the Lord with a brief prayer. We can do the same and we can proclaim victory for ourselves! I Samuel 30: 6, "David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God." The disciples learned a lesson about peace during a scary boat ride. In Mark 4, they were crossing a lake with Jesus when a storm came up. While they feared for their lives, Jesus slept during the chaos. They woke Him and Jesus commanded the wind and the sea to “be still!” and there was peace. That is what He can do in our lives. Among our storms and our chaos, Jesus provides peace. He always answers us. Psalm 138: 3, " When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me."

Connecting with God, even for a minute, can make all the difference in your spirit. This will bring calm to your chaos. “Peace I leave with you. My Peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” - John 14: 27