Peace and Growth

In this time of turmoil it would be strange to say that God has brought me peace, but the truth is never easy. Peace, whether it be in the innocent hours of the morning, before the sun has even had the chance to peek over the horizon, or in a clearing of trees where the light casts gently through the leaves. Peace, wherever it finds you. In the comfort of your own home, or out in the wonderful world that God has created (wearing a mask of course because that's the nice thing to do). Finding peace is not easy, and if you go searching for it, there's a good chance it'll hide itself from you. That's why in this era of the pandemic, it feels the biggest blessing God has given us is peace. Peace of mind, peace of heart, and peace of spirit. No matter where, no matter how, no matter when, peace is what we all need.

   Despite this, these past nearly 8 months have not been easy. We’ve been stripped of the routine, and thrust into the unknown without much guidance other than God’s aiding hand in our lives. Being stripped of the routine, being stripped of the ordinary, and being stripped of the comfort has left us with little aside from fear and discomfort, but in fear there is growth. That's the second gift God has given us. The ability and the desire to grow. Of course the natural response to the term grow is to grow stronger in our faith, grow closer to God, but it feels that we’ve been called to grow in other ways. We’ve been called to grow as people. We’ve had to adapt to new ways of living. We’ve had to expand our thoughts and prayers beyond the tip of our noses, as God often calls his people to do. It has not been easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. All this growing, socially, psychologically, and for some of us even physically, can leave us tired. Sometimes it feels like it would just be better to lie down in the dust, and just stay put. “The growing is too hard,” we say, “It's uncomfortable, it's hard, it's scary,” we cry. But God is there with us. Sitting beside us in the dust, reminding us that we don’t have to go through it alone. We don’t have to pick ourselves up by the bootstraps, because He’s here to lend a helping hand. God has called us, and is here to help us grow. Spiritually and socially, God has given us this opportunity to become better people, and become stronger in our faith in Him.

-Ian Lujan

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