Even a casual glance at the television news these days reveals chaos in every direction. Long held traditions and values are up for grabs and sometimes it seems as though someone has taken hold of all we've known, torn it up into little pieces and thrown it up in the air, letting each tiny bit fall where it may. My parents wouldn't recognize today's world, would yours?
But the just because the world around us is confusing and unsettling, doesn’t mean the world within us has to be as well.
There IS a way to stay sane in the midst of a world that isn't. The Psalmist penned the formula: You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is fixed on You because He trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
We all have 'bits and pieces' of insanity within. Some may be remnants of our childhood, or scars of events that were byond our control. Some of it is our own doing; we are experts at self-sabotage, at majoring in the negative and calling it 'reality'.
How do we maintain inner peace when everything around us is screaming 'run for the hills!'
In his book, Man's Search for Meaning, famed doctor, writer and Holocaust survivor wrote this: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
For people of faith who subscribe to biblical principles, faith is the stabilizer. There is a reason why crowds flock to places of worship after a 9/11 or a Hurricane Katrina. There is in man a hunger for God, a seeking for Someone bigger than oneself. The tragedy is that we seek Him in times of crisis then drift away when normalcy returns.
The world at large is not enjoying 'normalcy' at present. Scroll through your Facebook page and you'll probably find more than enough comments, postings and opinions highlighting issues and problems which are angering, frustrating and perplexing many a soul.
But when the computer is turned off and the television screen goes dark, what do YOU have? What do I?
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the shield of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Psalm 62:7
Before the mountains were brought forth, or You formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You art God. Psalm 90:2
(Therefore) I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1
In the midst of chaos, turmoil and adversity, inner peace is found in a steadfast, uncompromising and fervent trust in the God of the universe, our Creator and Redeemer, our Father and King.