Peace, Be still! A bible reference (Mark 4:39), and a little cliche, right? But how appropriate it is given the current situation we are facing today.
I find myself looking out of the window, after watching a day full of death statistics, searching for the resemblance of normalcy. People passing by, children outside playing in parks, the buzz of busy life in a suburban city of the Greater Houston area all seems to be lost to the pandemic of 2020. Oh, how it has changed our lives. Yet, while I sit here in the comfort of my little piece of privilege, I find myself overwhelmed with anxiety, unable to sleep, trying to manage my weight, my work, my kid’s homework, my house-work, the work of a wife, the various personalities in my home and self-care.
I’m reminded of these 3 little words that my granny would say to herself during her daily devotional. Peace, be still. As I reflect today, I have a different understanding of the phrase. Peace being a noun, albeit intangible, is definitely quite obtainable. For me, it is equivalent to naming your chaos and telling it to sit down somewhere. Imagine that!
In this moment, my chaos is the anxiety of the pandemic we face, COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It is the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring. It is the impact of social distancing, of stay at home orders. It is the fear of living in lack, of not having enough. It is the audacity of people to do things that are contrary to their own self-interest. To these things, I give this command; BE STILL!
While we sit in uncertainty, anxiety, and fear, I encourage you to name your chaos and command it to be still! Do it as often as you can and make peace your primary principle.