“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7.
You might think because my weekly column presents so many passages about trusting in God, that is the central message of all I think and do. Actually, you would be correct. So often, when things appear to go in a way we did not expect or even want, we can panic and worry. I found that is the very time to relax, pray and stay right next to God, asking Him to help you see your way through the muddle in which you find yourself.
We say that God is the One who brings order to chaos and comfort to the afflicted. But do we believe it? It is our faithful, calm response to what is happening that often helps the outcome turn out more favorable for us.
Think of the last time you found yourself completely out of your comfort zone and without a clear path ahead. What was the first thing you did to navigate the immediate situation at hand? Did you stay calm and think about what to do? Or did you panic and get upset, feel worried and frightened? If you were able to stay calm, you were more likely able to think your way through what was happening.
The breathing we use when we are calm is more moderate and relaxed, helping our brains remain oxygenated and fresh, which helps us find solutions to the situation we face. If we are anxious and upset, the brain constricts and we are less able to think clearly.
So the next time something difficult happens, turn to God in complete trust. Stay with Him and remember to breathe. Hold His hand and pray, telling Him you trust Him and believe that He has your best interests in mind, even if it doesn’t look like it at this moment. And then ask Him to show you the way. Stay with Him and trust.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 extension 718.