Monday, December 4, 2017
by Kim Woods
“Peace in the Valley” is a song made popular by Elvis Presley back in the 50’s. The lyrics proclaim that one will have peace once the Lord calls them away. I don’t particularly like those lyrics. I feel that peace is not just something that is granted to us at the time of our passing, although I hope that we all have that peaceful feeling when that time comes.
For me, peace is something we need to seek out. Peace is like looking for a four-leaf clover. It takes time, patience, and work. And, unfortunately, it often results in disappointment. Peace is hard to find partly because of the lack of peacefulness all around us. The pandemonium of our everyday living gets in our way.
Pandemonium causes us to forget what peace feels like. When I think of pandemonium, I think of fourth graders not knowing where to go when the fire alarm rings. I also think of victims caught in the impending doom of a weather disaster. However, pandemonium is often just excess stress that we bring on ourselves. We forget to set limits on our abilities; we forget to relax, we make mountains out of molehills; we take things personally; and we attempt to do too many things at once. The list goes on and on.
The lyrics to “Peace in the Valley” state, “I’m tired and so weary, but I must go alone.” But we don’t have to go alone. The Bible tells us, “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7)
So, I challenge you this holiday season to release some of your personal pandemonium and replace it with some well-deserved peace.
TODAY: Pray for someone you know who works in a retail store.