Turning the corner from despair to peace

A lot of people related to yesterday’s blog.  It was about seasons in life, and in particular the Christian life.  I do not know if a lot will relate to today’s post, but I know a lot of people who need it.

Do not misunderstand today’s blog title, “turning the corner from despair to peace”.  The idea is not “leaving your problems behind”.  It is not “turning the corner from trials to comfort”.  It is leaving despair in the rear view mirror.  Despair is defined as the complete loss or absence of hope.  Leaving despair behind is not leaving all your problems behind.  You cannot generally leave problems behind.  I visited four people in the hospital yesterday (3 of whom were admitted).  Their problems are current.  I know another person who has a doctor’s appointment today that may result in weeks off of their feet and perhaps even surgery.  I know another that may need a feeding tube.  I know people dealing with loved ones who are battling cancer.  Leaving their problems in the rear view mirror is the choice they would make if they could.  That is not an option.

Ultimately, within their individual circumstances, each of them have but two choices.  They can choose despair or they can choose peace.  No matter the size of your problems, and we all have them, today you too will choose.  And how can you choose peace in the midst of storms?  How can you choose peace in uncertainty?  I know it is a cliche, but there is something to the idea that “you can focus on your problems or focus on your God.”  In every situation I mentioned above and in your day and mine, He is not slumbering.  He has not turned His back on you.  He is there… He is here.  He is ready to hear your fear and ready to heal your heartache.  He is ready to give you peace.  Allow your faith to grow and receive His peace.  And remember, it does not mean the problems will instantly go away, but the despair can.

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I invite you to read from 1 Peter 1:3-9 from The Message (MSG):

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

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