Sometimes, especially in winter, the skin on hands dries out. I can almost hear it sigh with relief when I apply lotion. Aaaahhh, it seems to say. That feels gooood. My body responds in the same way when I soak in a hot tub after a long trip. And my eyes, strained and bloodshot after an all-night flight or too much time staring at a computer screen, feel refreshed when I treat them with cool drops of Visine.
My heart and my mind are no different. Sometimes I feel wearied by stuff like writing deadlines and the constant demand to keep up with ever-changing technology in the publishing industry. Then there are real life issues, too – we’ve lost three parents in the past two years, moved to a new city and established a national ministry, traveled overseas for ministry seven times, and the list goes on. When responsibilities snowball and stress builds up, my heart and mind simply get tired. But over the years, I’ve discovered a sure-fire remedy to ease that stress and bring relief and refreshment.
Psalm 119:162 says, “Those who love your law have great peace and do not stumble.” What a gem this verse is, and how true!
My remedy to stress and feeling overwhelmed is to delve into God’s Word. When I’m tired, His promises reassure me of His strength working in and through me. When I’m baffled about a specific situation, His Word tells me that He’s my resource for infinite wisdom. When I’m feeling kicked around, His Word says He’ll be my defense. When I’m scared about what the future holds, His Word reminds me that He’s sovereign and holds my future in His hands.
I read God’s Word and a great sense of peace washes over me. It calms my anxious heart and stills my fearful mind. It’s physical and mental effect is undeniable. It’s so real, so viable that I can almost hear my heart and mind say, “Aaaahhh, that feels gooood.”
Maybe you can relate. Do you have a favorite Scripture that gives you peace? If so, please share it with us.