6 Simple Ways To Remain At Peace In Times Of Transition
The scene of life is changing. Additionally, there is an unsettling feeling that we have transitioned into a time and a season that biblical scholars and theologians alike are referring to as the last days.
The rocky transition we are faced with is unprecedented, and is gradually stripping away our peace of mind and the familiar comforts we once enjoyed.
Not until a few months ago, the latter part of 2013 to be more precise had I ever heard about Chickungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-gun-ye) – a mosquito borne viral illness. The most common symptoms are fever and severe joint pains but other symptoms include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia and Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. But recently in 2013, Chikungunya was found for the first time in the Americas and the Caribbean Islands. It is rampant in Caribbean Islands with the greatest impact felt in Jamaica, and to a lesser extent Antigua and Virgin Islands (British) The sad thing is, there is no vaccine to prevent it or medicine to treat it.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
It’s Far More Than a Great Trial
Worse than Chickungunya, the earth is plagued currently with the likes of ISIS and Boko Haram insurgents who continue to wage a bloody campaign in the Middle East and northeast Nigeria respectively.
The ongoing atrocities, violence, torture, beheading, crucifixions, fresh abductions and reserving young virgin girls as a prize for the ISIS barbarian fighters have raised doubts about a resolution and have caused many to question:
Will we ever see peace these parts of the world or are ISIS and Boko Haram terrorists group even capable of making peace so that people can return to live a life of normalcy? You might want to provide the answer to this question in the comment section.
On another front, in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues to claim countless of lives. The outbreak of 2014 is unprecedented and the worst in history. Ebola has spread at an alarming rate, and has ravaged and devastated entire families and towns.
It is out of man’s control. It has become his worst nightmare while it escalates panic and fear in the lives of many around the world. There is no vaccine and no cure for this monster biological tsunami.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31
6 Simple Ways to Remain at Peace
“Thou will keep in perfect peace the mind stayed on thee, for he confideth in thee.” ~ Isaiah 26:3 Darby Translation
This bible verse from the prophet Isaiah is a sterling reminder of the promise of comfort to those who choose to keep their mind focused upon God even when we find ourselves in the midst of turmoil, chaos and transition.
As unsettling as the feelings may be, we do not grow from a place of comfort and neither can we safely say we have learned the lessons without going through experiences in life. So how can we remain at peace?
1.) Focus on God, not the problem or the promise
Shifting your focus from the promise and the problems allow you to acknowledge the omnipotence of God Almighty and His presence with you always, even in times of distress. Surrender your all to Him and in the end realize that He will work things in your favor and His blessings will manifest in your life.
2.) Stop complaining
Complaining has never solved a problem and it makes your life more miserable. What we are faced with right now, we are helpless to change anything in our own strength. Embrace and recognize the change and transition and its imminence as what was foretold long ago.
3.) Give thanks
Start each new day with gratitude because in everything we ought to give thanks. Be thankful for even the tiniest of blessings in your life that far too often are taken for granted. Celebrate the smallest of victory and for that person who survived the deadly Ebola.
4.) Be open minded
Being open minded is a key component to the transition that is taking place in the world today. Maintaining an open mind and an open heart not only helps us to focus better on finding the right solutions but it keeps us grounded, it keeps our mind in peace and present new opportunities with which we can face the challenges.
5.) Be Patient
It is important to have patience in the process of finding solutions and fixes to the problems. A lasting solution will not come overnight. A vaccine may not be here for Ebola until 2015. We may be in it for the long haul so guard your heart and mind, remain optimistic.
6.) Pray without ceasing
Prayer is among the most powerful spiritual weapon that any believer have at their disposal to use in times of great trial and tribulation. God answers our prayers when we pray in faith believing that whatever we ask of Him it shall be done.
Over to you
What are some of the ways that you find peace and keep the peace in your life? I would love to hear your thoughts. Add them in the comment form below and please share this post others on social media.
It’s difficult for one to have peace of mind mostly in this critical time, either you are trying to cope up with your children, your job, name it, there are a lot of things that keeps one restless. What of we that are still under the care of our parents? Probably I’m thinking of taking my blog to the next level, looking foward to complete my studies and alot more problems. This are all sign the bible showed as signs of the end time.
Looking on God is the base of all being stress free. If every body can look on God, I hope things will get smooth, but unfortunately it’s not possible as God has already designed it to be so.
I don’t have much to say.
Thanks for sharing yet an interesting and insightful one once more.
Have peace in the rest of the week 🙂
I understand where you are coming from ie. your train of thought and what you have said make sense. Many people still do not realise that not everyone will be saved and that is where this point came out in your comment “but unfortunately God has already designed it to be so.”
Some people do know about God but the sad truth is they will not follow any of the steps posted here or any other steps given by someone else.
The important thing also that you brought out is that looking on God is the base of all being stress free.
Thanks for contributing to the discussion. Blessings. 🙂
In today’s era people face many problems when their life changes. There are many phases of life which come in front of us. We need to handle ourselves by keeping patience.
Believing in God brings positive energy to us which helps us a lot to get rid of our problems but for sure you need to find the solution. Now a days people are pursuing to open-minded to people because they know that real value is in it.
You have mentioned some great points here.
Thanks for sharing with us.:)
You have made an all time important link here that I commend you for. It is this: Believing in God = positive energy and solutions to your problems. While he is working on our problems, the other thing we need to do is to wait on His timing which is always the best.
Thanks for your active participation. Have a fantastic week. Cheers! 🙂
Sorry for coming in late and missing out on a few earlier posts, just been so overwhelming lately due to festivities our end. Not to mention that I’ve my Dad visiting us also for a few days, and nothing comes second to spending time with family, isn’t it? Glad I could be here today 🙂
I completely agree with all that you’ve written. With such a lot happening in the World, especially the diseases and wars that in most cases are beyond our control and often take the lives of the innocent, I wonder if we can ever have a peaceful and happy life. You look at every home and you’d find some case of sorrow in one form or the other, which just makes us wonder.
I liked your simple ways to remain at peace, something we all need to follow in our lives, to keep the happenings at bay and learn to be happy in our lives.
The #1 point is the most important I think as He is our guardian – someone who is always with us in our bad times too. You are right, instead of complaining or crying over things, pray and appreciate all that you have in your life, something most people forget to do. You need to be patient and make efforts from your side too to make things better, in whatever way possible. Good things come to those who wait, isn’t it? Nothing really lasts forever, so keep the faith and carry on, such is life and one needs to remain positive all the time at such times.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
Great to have you over as always. Family takes precedence, I totally agree with you. Your day is deserving of the honor of having you spend quality time with him. I am sure the rest of the family is also enjoying the family time which is so important.
You have made some very strong points such as he is our guardian even though it is when in the midst of problems and trials it is so easy to forget. He is the best guardian I would say.
Secondly you are on target because for sure the best of the blessings come to the ones who prayed, exercised patience while they waited and did not for one moment forget to say thank you.
Thanks for your value added contribution. Have a super productive week. 🙂
This really is comforting as your post is peace in a trembling storm. True that our world seems to be in a state of chaos but I am agreement with you that God can still the storm. If we can trust in him and let him be our peace, he will give us Joy. Thanks for this comforting post.
Absolutely Ikechi! He is our peace, the God of peace as He is also known. He is our joy giver also and it is in Him we will find and keep it.
Great encouragement. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.