Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"In quietness and in trust shall be your strength."

Does it ever seem as though this world is constantly changing? As we are getting older, we are getting closer and closer to the reality of our lives: time waits for no one.

In the midst of our various changes--changing majors, changing friends, changing worldviews, even changing bodies--there is one things that stays the same: God.

Go ahead and exhale deeply! Relax and have faith! Everything is under God's control. He has the plans for your life in the same hands that created it. God assures us in Hebrews 13:8 that "Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." From this verse and the verses below, we can trust in Him even when everything seems uncertain.

"For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope...You will call upon me and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

"Therefore, we do not lose heart. We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:16, 18).

"In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength" (Isaiah 30:15).

Whenever the world seems too hard to handle, take a moment to pray. Daily, I wear the charm of my favorite prayer, and it reminds me to rest in God's presence and to trust in Him alone. The prayer that I adore so much is the Prayer of Serenity.

"Lord, please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Even for just a minute, clear your mind and your heart of all their burdens and pray this prayer. Return to God and rest in His presence. In this quietness and in this trust, you will find the strength to withstand even the toughest storms of life.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I have known this prayer for years, but I found that not until college has it really meant something to me.

    I appreciated this post and it could not have come at a more perfect time :)
    Thanks Sarah!