Searching For Peace
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers; and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91: 1-11 (KJV)
Evelyn Jimenez Velez is from Puerto Rico. Recently, she was going through a difficult time. She went to the church atrium to pray and try to find peace. In the atrium, she admired the birds perched on the leafy trees, and she noticed three large, green lizards on one of the trees. The lizards were leisurely eating the abundant leaves. Then she remembered that the trees have thorns. How curious, she thought, the lizards seem serene. How can they maneuver around the trees without feeling pain or harming themselves? As Evelyn thought more about this, she remembered that God equipped these creatures with a scaly, dry outer layer that protects them.
Then her thoughts turned to today's scripture verse. How reassuring to know that God's angels protect us! Along with these angels, God provides us with prayer and scriptures as tools to help us find peace. We can trust that God will protect us and free us from anxiety.
Prayer: Creator God, sweep away all anxiety and make us new again. Grant us peace in mind, body, and spirit, in Jesus' name, amen